A new study released today by the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area says Californians pay some of the highest fines and fees in the country for traffic infractions and that minorities are acutely affected.
News Story (California)
May 4, 2017
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Tags: Court Debt, Driver's license suspension, Minorities: Racial/Ethnic
Organizations mentioned/involved: Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area (LCCR)
The group’s report, Paying More for Being Poor: Bias and Disparity in California’s Traffic Court System, says the fines and fees can create devastating financial hardship for low-income Californians. The punitive approach often includes driver’s license suspension, which can prompt a cascade of problems, including job loss, deepening poverty and incarceration.