State Laws Punish Poor By Suspending Their Driver’s Licenses


In five states alone, a total of more than 4.2 million drivers have had their licenses suspended or revoked for failure to pay court debt, be it traffic or criminal, the report found. Texas leads the nation with 1.8 million such suspensions.
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Nick McCann
MintPress News
September 26, 2017
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Tags: Court Debt, Driver's license suspension

Organizations mentioned/involved: Legal Aid Justice Center (Virginia)


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This policy not only makes it more difficult for poor people to care for themselves and their children, but “paradoxically,” makes it more difficult to meet their financial obligations to the courts, the Justice Center says in the report, “Driven By Dollars.

In five states alone, a total of more than 4.2 million drivers have had their licenses suspended or revoked for failure to pay court debt, be it traffic or criminal, the report found. Texas leads the nation with 1.8 million such suspensions.