FINALIST: Ability to Pay

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Ability to Pay
Global Justice Solutions, United States

ABOUT: Ability to Pay is an online platform that allows indigent defendants with a legal financial obligation to request alternative sanctions instead of facing incarceration because they are unable to pay their fines and fees. The platform allows defendants to provide their details to a judge without the intimidation of a courtroom or, in the case of undocumented immigrants, exposure to detainment. The tool uses poverty guidelines and other calculations to make recommendations to judges. A judge can accept the recommendations or modify recommended sanctions—community service, reduction of fines, or an extension—and send an electronic judgement order via email.

Learn more about this project on the World Justice Challenge website.