Driving while black in California can be expensive, especially if you are poor.
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A disproportionate share of fees, fines, and license suspensions fall on blacks and Latinos.
ABC 7 News: Report Finds Racial Disparities in Driver’s License Suspensions, Traffic-Related Arrests Across CA
A new report shows dramatic racial disparities in driver’s license suspensions and traffic-related arrests across California. A coalition of civil rights lawyers compiled the report from public records.
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.
An unpaid traffic ticket can snowball into thousands of dollars in fines, a suspended driver’s license, and even jail time — a system that a group of attorneys says unfairly targets low-income, minority communities.
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.
LA Times: A disproportionate share of blacks and Latinos lose their driver’s licenses because of unpaid tickets, study finds
African Americans and Latinos in California are more likely than others to lose their driver’s licenses because of unpaid tickets and then to be arrested for driving with suspended licenses, according to a report released Monday.
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.
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.”
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.