It's not just in Ferguson: traffic tickets and civil rights

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The courts are required by law to determine if people fail to pay for traffic tickets and other citations willingly or because they can't afford it. Gloria Mata Alvarado and Toneshawa Jones lost their driver's licenses when they failed to pay. Now they're suing the court system because they — along with many others — were never asked by judges if they were flouting the law or just didn't have the money. One of their attorneys is Antionette Dozier of the Western Center on Law and Poverty.

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Warren Olney


Sonya Geis