Echoes of Ferguson: Calif. traffic fines hit minorities hard, report finds

Echoes of Ferguson: Calif. traffic fines hit minorities hard, report finds

  • One month after the US Department of Justice documented deep patterns of discrimination by law enforcement in Ferguson, Mo., a report released Wednesday in California reveals statewide traffic court policies that “disproportionately impact people of color.”

More than 4 million Californians do not have valid driver’s licenses because they cannot afford to pay traffic fines and fees, the report finds. Infractions such as littering or sleeping outdoors can also result in steep fines and, if unpaid, a suspended driver’s license or criminal warrant.  

The report chronicles in detail how these suspensions make it harder for people to get and keep jobs, further impeding their ability to pay their debt. These practices keep people in “long cycles of poverty that are difficult, if not impossible to overcome,” according to “Not Just a Ferguson Problem: How Traffic Courts Drive Inequality in California.”

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  • de castro  On 04/12/2015 at 4:04 am

    Amnesty the alternative…..the simple decisions seem to be hardest.
    Come on obamarama its easy !

  • rennydiokno2015  On 04/12/2015 at 6:15 am

    Reblogged this on rennydiokno.com.

  • Rosaliene Bacchus  On 04/12/2015 at 2:16 pm

    Avoiding a parking ticket in Los Angeles can be quite a challenge. Over the years, my sons have had to pay fines for various parking violations.

    Here’s a 15-foot-high parking rules signs in West Los Angeles where I live:
    http://reason.com/blog/2014/08/23/15-foot-parking-rules-signs-spotted-in-c

  • Clyde Duncan  On 04/12/2015 at 3:50 pm

    I don’t mind telling you, Rosaliene, that I keeled over with laughter. I imagined myself driving up in a rental car, just to pay a visit to someone at the school – and I am thinking out loud – “I better go back and get a lawyer to help me out with this one.” – That is insane!! … only in the USA, eh?

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