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Sat May 20 2017California May Become First State to Tie Traffic Fines to Income Level
Sat May 20 2017Report Details Racial Bias in California’s Traffic Court System, Bills Address Disparities
From Ferguson to Fresno, millions of individuals and families across the country are being punished for being too poor to pay traffic and infraction tickets for minor violations such as jaywalking or expired registration tags. And the price they most often pay, driver license suspension, releases a cascade of problems that drive them deeper into the clutches of poverty, frequently lead to incarceration, and prevent them from participating in and contributing to their communities.
A new study released by the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area, Paying More for Being Poor: Bias and Disparity in California’s Traffic Court System, shows that Californians pay some of the highest fines and fees in the country — more than three times the national average for running a red light. The high fines and fees create hardships for many middle-class Californians, but they can be devastating to Californians with lower incomes. And new Bay Area data reveals that African-Americans are four to sixteen times more likely to be booked into county jail on a charge related to inability to pay a citation.
California has the opportunity to create permanent reforms to this inequitable system. In Governor Jerry Brown’s budget, he proposes to put an end to suspending driver licenses just because someone cannot afford to pay. And two bills before the California Legislature (SB 185 and AB 412) would address many of the disparities documented in Paying More for Being Poor.
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Santa Clara Valley Water District conditionally approves California WaterFix Friday Oct 20th 11:46 AM
Urban Firestorm Devastation Santa Rosa California Monday Oct 16th 5:56 PM
Comic: Eugenio Negro on Napa Fire Reporting Saturday Oct 14th 11:33 AM
Metropolitan Water District Approves Delta Tunnels Funding Thursday Oct 12th 11:26 AM
March Against Police Murder: San Francisco to Sacramento (1 comment) Friday Oct 6th 4:35 PM
Monarch butterflies disappearing from western North America Friday Oct 6th 1:32 AM
Lawsuit Targets California's Dungeness Crab Fishery for Harming Endangered Whales, Sea Turtles Friday Oct 6th 1:03 AM
Berkeley Law Sponsors Alan Dershowitz (1 comment) Wednesday Oct 4th 2:48 PM
Groups sue CDFW over permit to kill endangered salmon in Delta Tunnels Wednesday Oct 4th 9:40 AMMore Local News...
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Costco Pies Are Cheap; And Contain Palm Oil and Palm Kernel Oil Sunday Oct 8th 1:54 PM
Outing the KKK and more fascist David Duke campaign contributors (4 comments) Saturday Oct 7th 12:04 AM
Health & Farmworker Advocates Respond to California’s Interim Mitigations for Chlorpyrifos Wednesday Oct 4th 10:09 AM
Nuclear Shutdown News 8/17 Friday Sep 1st 5:37 PM
Senate Bill 649 strikes at the electric grid, with utility workers in the crosshairs Wednesday Aug 16th 6:45 PM
Ban Fracking In San Luis Obispo County Tuesday Aug 15th 10:43 PM
Celltowers coming to your window shortly: CA SB.649 Thursday Aug 10th 8:45 PM
Insure the Human Right to Health Friday Aug 4th 1:21 AM
The Hubris of Donald Trump Friday Jul 28th 4:11 PM
Technology, Automation, Internationalism, Longshore Workers And The Future Of Work Tuesday Jul 25th 12:55 PMMore Global News...
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Humboldt Redwood Co. security attack blockade in Mattole ancient forest Friday Oct 13th 9:34 AM
UC Gave $600,000 for Hate Speech, Plans Week of More Hate Speech Friday Sep 15th 8:03 AM
2017 African Growth and Opportunity Act and Millennium Challenge Act Modernization Act Tuesday Sep 12th 12:29 PM
PG&E & IBEW trying to kill rooftop solar .. Again. (1 comment) Tuesday Sep 12th 8:43 AM
SEIU 1021 Nato Green Doing Damage Control For SEIU? Opposes Single Payer In CA Wednesday Jul 12th 4:10 PM
Black Agriculture is helping expand California Apps for Ag to Underserved Communities Saturday May 27th 7:48 AM
African New Year's Day ~ Sacred Summer Solstice Celebration (1 comment) Tuesday May 23rd 2:04 PM
Sen Fenistein Supported by Health Insurers; Opposes Medicare for All Tuesday May 2nd 8:38 PM
California won its first major battle over `sanctuary cities' Wednesday Apr 26th 5:42 PM
California bill to eliminate bail system clears first hurdle (1 comment) Thursday Apr 6th 11:10 AMOpen Newswire...
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