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LAist: California Driver’s License Suspensions Disproportionately Affect Blacks and Latinos

Wednesday, April 13, 2016 | ,

A disproportionate share of Black and Latino Californians are losing their driver’s licenses because of unpaid tickets, according to a new study. Escalating fees related to traffic tickets have led to driver’s license suspensions for 4.2 million Californians (or roughly 1 in 6 California drivers), according to the report, which was authored by a coalition of civil rights and legal services organizations.

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SF Gate: More black arrests over unpaid fines, fees found in SF

Wednesday, April 13, 2016 | ,

While African Americans make up less than 6 percent of San Francisco’s population, they account for nearly half of all people arrested for not paying traffic-related fines or fees, according to a new report written by a consortium of legal groups including the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights.

The report, released Monday, found large racial disparities among those police arrest for not paying a traffic ticket, failing to appear in court regarding a traffic infraction, or driving with a suspended license in San Francisco.

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The Sacramento Bee: California traffic stops, arrests hit minorities harder

Wednesday, April 13, 2016 | ,

Black and Latino Californians are disproportionately likely to have their driver’s licenses suspended and face arrest as a result of traffic stops, according to a new report.

In Los Angeles County, for instance, the report found that a third of the people arrested on driving with suspended licenses were black, despite African Americans making up less than a tenth of the population. In San Francisco, where the population is 5.8 percent black, African Americans made up nearly half of all arrests on driving with a suspended license.

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Student Leads Effort to Protect Tenants Involved in Eviction Lawsuits

Monday, April 11, 2016 |

Fueled by the injustice he encountered as a student advocate, Phil Hernandez ’16 has turned a simple idea into a California bill to protect tenants involved in eviction lawsuits. While working with the Housing Program at the East Bay Community Law Center (EBCLC), Hernandez assisted clients who suffered from what he calls “a big flaw in landlord-tenant law.”

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Alameda County Halts Juvenile Probation Fees

Thursday, April 7, 2016 |

Thousands of low-income Alameda County families will no longer have to pay juvenile probation and public defender fees. On March 29, 2016 the Alameda County Board of Supervisors unanimously voted to impose an immediate moratorium on all fees charged to parents and guardians with children in the juvenile justice system.

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