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Washington law would end license suspension for unpaid fines

AP News story from Feb. 16, 2021. BREMERTON, Wash. (AP) — Lawmakers in Washington state have proposed a measure that would prevent authorities from suspending a driver’s license when a person cannot pay or respond to a traffic ticket. The measure sponsored by Democratic state Sen. Emily Randall would eliminate the practice of suspending licensesContinue reading “Washington law would end license suspension for unpaid fines”

Bill backed by Bremerton state senator looks to end ‘driving while poor’ law

Kitsap Sun article by Austen Macalus Hundreds of thousands of Washington state drivers see their license suspended because they can’t pay a traffic ticket. Critics of the law call it “driving while poor.” State lawmakers are now looking to put an end to the practice with a proposal in the Legislature this session. The measure, SenateContinue reading “Bill backed by Bremerton state senator looks to end ‘driving while poor’ law”

The New Debt Prisons

Opinion piece by Gene B. Sperling from the New York Times. While controversial calls to “defund the police” have grabbed headlines, we urgently need to examine how we fund the police today. The increasing use of excessive fees, fines, and surcharges to fund parts of our criminal justice system is creating punitive debt traps for millions ofContinue reading “The New Debt Prisons”

Attorney Nat Jacob testifies to Senate Law & Justice committee in favor of ending debt-based driver’s license suspensions

On February 5th, 2021, JAC attorney Nat Jacob testified before the Senate Law & Justice committee in Washington State in favor of SB 5226 which would end debt-based driver’s license suspensions for moving violations in Washington state. A driver can receive a moving violation for something as simple as failing to signal while making aContinue reading “Attorney Nat Jacob testifies to Senate Law & Justice committee in favor of ending debt-based driver’s license suspensions”

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