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Opinion: How it became a crime to be poor in America

November 06, 2017 | NewsLinks
Right now in America, 10 million people, representing two-thirds of all current and former offenders in the country, owe governments a total of $50bn in accumulated fines, fees and other impositions.

Courts Sidestep the Law, and South Carolina’s Poor Go to Jail

October 12, 2017 | NewsLinks
Larry Marsh has a history of mental illness and drug addiction. Homeless, he has no place to go. The police in this city have arrested or cited him more than 270 times for trespassing. In December, they got him four times in one day.

Too Broke to Drive

September 27, 2017 | NewsLinks
States have trapped millions of Americans in crippling debt by taking away their driver’s licenses. Can the damage be undone?

Opinion: I Can’t Visit My Sons in Prison Because I Have Unpaid Traffic Tickets

September 14, 2017 | NewsLinks
To visit someone in a Michigan state prison, you have to fill out an application and send it to the Department of Corrections with a self-addressed envelope. A couple of months after I mailed mine in, they sent me a sheet of paper saying that I was not approved to see either of my two sons, Harvey and Antwan, who are incarcerated.

Editorial: Solano provides residents new way to pay fines

August 20, 2017 | NewsLinks
Thanks to a 2016 lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union, Solano County Superior Court is one of the Northern California courts that has now agreed to stop suspending the driver’s licenses of traffic offenders that can’t afford to pay their fines.
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