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Resolution RS2020-388

A resolution requesting Mayor John Cooper continue the study by PFM Group Consulting, LLC regarding the reduction or elimination of the Metropolitan Government’s reliance on fines and fees collected by or through the criminal justice system and make such study available as a publicly accessible document.

WHEREAS, on May 21, 2019, the Metropolitan Council adopted Resolution No. RS2019-1731, which provided an in-kind grant from PFM Group Consulting LLC to the Office of the Mayor to provide assistance to Metro in the reduction or elimination of the city’s reliance on fines and fees collected by or through the criminal justice system while assessing the revenue and cost impact of the current system; and

WHEREAS, the PFM Technical Assistance: Reducing Reliance on Criminal Justice Fines & Fees work is meant to outline the current system of fines and fees; assess the revenue and cost impact of the current system; develop a plan for the phase out of fines and fees including alternative revenue sources, potential cost savings, and a detailed implementation framework; and engage the public through a steering committee; and

WHEREAS, this process began under former Mayor David Briley’s administration, including the appointment of The Criminal Justice Fines and Fees Steering Committee to provide relevant information and feedback for the study; and

WHEREAS, the criminal legal system imposes many hidden costs on those who encounter it, and we too often add poverty implicitly to the list of crimes people are charged with, further reducing the likelihood that they can fully serve their sentences, fulfill restitution, and return to productive life in society; and

WHEREAS, reducing reliance on fines and fees continues to be an important topic in Nashville today, especially in light of the work of the Metropolitan Council’s Committee on 37208, which looked at the barriers faced by residents in the 37208 zip code, which has the highest percentage of incarceration in the county; and

WHEREAS, one of the recommendations of the 37208 Committee was to reduce, eliminate, and reform criminal justice fines and fees, in order to improve the reentry and reduce recidivism for formerly incarcerated individuals; and

WHEREAS, it is fitting and proper that the Metropolitan Council requests that Mayor John Cooper continue and ensure completion of the fines and fees study and make such a study a publicly accessible document.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE COUNCIL OF THE METROPOLITAN GOVERNMENT OF NASHVILLE AND DAVIDSON COUNTY:

Section 1. The Metropolitan County Council hereby goes on record as requesting Mayor John Cooper continue and complete the study by PFM Group Consulting LLC regarding the reduction or elimination of the Metropolitan Government’s reliance on fines and fees collected by or through the criminal justice system and make such study available as a publicly accessible document.

Section 2. This Resolution shall take effect from and after its adoption, the welfare of the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County requiring it.

Sponsor(s)

Brandon Taylor, Freddie O'Connell, Tanaka Vercher, Kyonzté Toombs, Sharon Hurt, Burkley Allen

Legislative History

Referred toRules, Confirmations, and Public Elections Committee

IntroducedJune 16, 2020

AdoptedJune 16, 2020

ApprovedJune 17, 2020

ByMayor Cooper's signature

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Last Modified: 06/29/2020 4:59 PM