The high number, and a relatively low churn rate of people getting their licenses back, points to a systemic problem for reform advocates, despite a state system that is more forgiving than others around the country.
News Story (NATIONAL, North Carolina)
September 26, 2017
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Tags: Debtors Prison, Driver's license suspension
Organizations mentioned/involved: Legal Aid Justice Center (Virginia)
North Carolina is one of 43 states with some version of this policy, using driving privileges to collect court debts, according to a report out Tuesday from the Legal Aid Justice Center. The left-leaning group filed a federal lawsuit last year to change the practice in Virginia.
With public transportation routes limited, and many jobs requiring a driver’s license, suspensions make it difficult for people to earn enough money to pay their fines, the 50-state report concludes. In describing a cycle of poverty, the authors highlight the story of a Virginia mother convicted for grand larceny in 2002.