California uses its steep fines as a revenue source.
News Story (California)
Kelsey E. Thomas
May 5, 2017
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Tags: Driver's license suspension, Traffic Tickets
Organizations mentioned/involved: Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area (LCCR)
A new report from the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area (LCCR), an organization that provides civil legal aid for low-income residents and people of color, highlights the disproportionately negative impact these costly fines have on LCCR clients. The report, “Paying More for Being Poor: Bias and Disparity in California’s Traffic Court System,” says that in a state where almost 80 percent of commuters get to work by car, and 5.2 million jobs require daily driving, losing a license can lead to job loss and economic crisis.