Reform of the American justice system has captured the attention of the American public. While the discussion has focused on sentencing policies, police accountability, and reentry issues, there is a less-examined, but equally significant issue: Increasingly, our justice system has come to rely on the criminal justice system as a means to create revenue. This panel examined the problems of for-profit policing and the alarming trend of using fines, fees, and forfeitures to fund law-enforcement agencies.

MODERATOR: Glen Downey, Law Offices of Glen Downey, Des Moines


Alanah Odoms Hebert, Deputy General Counsel, Special Counsel to Chief Justice Bernette J. Johnson, Louisiana Supreme Court, NOLA;

Darpana Sheth, Sr. Attorney, Institute for Justice, Arlington, VA;

Sara Zampierin, Sr. Staff Attorney, Southern Poverty Law Center, Montgomery, AL.