Fines and fees punish people living in poverty. When governments use predatory fines and fees to raise money, the result is a hidden, disproportionate tax on those who can least afford it. This system of taxation-by-citation encourages policing for profit, extracts wealth from people living in poverty, and exposes Black and brown New Yorkers to more encounters with police. If you are one of millions of New Yorkers living paycheck-to-paycheck, paying just one traffic ticket and its mandatory surcharge could mean missing rent, going without healthcare, or living without basic necessities.
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