Texas Scaling Back Jail For People Who Can’t Afford Fines

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August 21, 2016 by socialaction2014


It’s not a crime to be poor. In theory. Cenk Uygur and Ana Kasparian, hosts of The Young Turks, break it down. Tell us what you think in the comment section below. http://tytnetwork.com/join

“A proposal to help Texans who cannot afford to pay their traffic tickets elicited sharp, and in some cases racially charged, responses from several judges and law enforcement officials across the state.

“Don’t think by giving them this help that they are going to go out and get Insurance-No not going to happen. What is going to happen is our court loses and once again the defendant wins no lesson is learned, and where is the Justice,” wrote Lisa Myrtle, the chief clerk at a Bowie County court, near the Texas-Arkansas border. “Remember the day in Ferguson when the Payless shoe store got looted? Well guess what no a single pair of work boots were taken. Go figure!”

A judge in Smith County, in east Texas, said the rules would weaken the courts and suggested that people without money should use their food stamps to pay fines.

A court collections officer in Burnet County, north of Austin, wrote that people have told her they cannot afford fines, but then gotten arrested multiple times for public intoxication. “So they have money for their beer but not money to pay their fines and fees?” she asked.

The comments were submitted in response to a proposal by the Texas Judicial Council, which studies and reports on the state’s judicial procedures. The proposalsuggested giving judges more explicit guidelines to help determine people’s ability to pay and more leeway to extend their payment deadlines.”*

Read more here: https://www.buzzfeed.com/kendalltagga…

Hosts: Cenk Uygur, Ana Kasparian
Cast: Cenk Uygur, Ana Kasparian

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