Not Just a Ferguson Problem: How Traffic Courts Drive Inequality in California

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Low-income Californians are being disproportionately impacted by state laws and procedures related to driver’s license suspensions. Due to increased fines and fees and reduced access to courts, more than four million Californians have suspended driver’s licenses. These suspensions make it harder for people to get and keep jobs, harm credit ratings, and raise public safety concerns. Ultimately, they keep people in long cycles of poverty that are difficult if not impossible for many to overcome. This report highlights the impacts on families, how the problem happens, and what can and should be done to rectify it.


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