Law by Law, Tickets and the Poor

One time we received a parking ticket, but did not see the notice on the windshield. We moved, and did not receive correspondence from the court until after it was due. By now it was up to $246 - for a God Damn parking ticket! You can sigh and say this is terribly unfair to the poor, but it's also racist, since the average white family has 17 times as much wealth as the average black family. Since the entire legal system is based on bonds, costs, and fines, the entire legal system is racist. Here are the states that have capped civil infractions at $100 or 6 hours community service. There are none that I know of, although Florida is taking steps in this direction.

map of states where tickets are not burdensome to the poor

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If you need a loan for legal matters, or taxes or debt consolidation or anything else, credit unions are often more helpful than banks, and minority owned credit unions help level the playing field. I got a personal, unsecured loan from my credit union, when bank after bank turned me down. This loan may have saved my son's life. Here is a guide to minority owned credit unions.

Please send along any corrections or new information. I am not always up to date on all the laws in all 50 states.

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