About the P.N.G. Challenges
The Poor Not Guilty Challenges are a series of interactive scenarios that highlight how the criminalization of petty offenses create impossible situations including for those experiencing poverty and/or homelessness.
Fines & Fees Challenges
To varying degrees throughout the U.S., cities and states impose heavy fines for minor offenses at every stage of the criminal justice system. Millions of Americans get trapped in a cycle of punishment simply because they can’t afford to pay these fines and fees. Without any means of escape from a system designed to punish poverty, many Americans lose their jobs, homes, and even their children.
Almost every city has laws that punish and fine people experiencing homelessness for engaging in necessary activities, such as sleeping or sitting in public. These types of policies criminalize homelessness and fail to address its root causes, including the lack of access to adequate housing.