Traffic Fines Disproportionately Hurt California’s Poor


Forum on NPR discuss a new report by legal aid and civil rights groups, which found traffic courts and fees disproportionately impact the state's most vulnerable populations. (Length: 51:43)
Audio, Interview, News Story (California)

Micheal Krasny
KQED Radio (NPR) (Northern California)
April 8, 2015
Link to show
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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), Bay Area Legal Aid (San Francisco)


DETAILS

The inability to pay court fees and fines for traffic violations has resulted in approximately 4 million license suspensions in the State of California. These suspensions often make getting to work more difficult for the state’s poorest residents, which in turn, makes repaying fines even harder.

Guests:

  • Meredith Desautels, staff attorney at the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area
  • Karin Martin, assistant professor of public management at John Jay College of Criminal Justice
  • Deborah Ryan, judge, Santa Clara County Superior Court
  • Thaddeus Ford, client of Lawyer’s Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area