CJNY Members & Allies Blast ATL Mayor’s Plan to Raise Fines for Municipal Violations

ATL fine hike

Mayor Kasim Reed has called on Municipal Court judges and the Atlanta City Council to raise fines and fees for traffic and municipal code violations by $7 million in the coming year. This call, the latest episode in a troubling pattern from City Hall, could not come at a worse moment in our country’s history…

“Despite what many believe, citations in Municipal Court often bring with them dire consequences. The inability to pay a fine in court results in being placed on private probation. This means that what is typically a daylong ordeal for a person with access to money becomes a months- or years-long ordeal for a poor person. In Atlanta, the monthly private probation fee imposed by Sentinel Offender Services LLC can be higher than felony probation fees…

“Failure to pay fines on probation can result in arrest, thus creating a cycle of incarceration and debt that seems unending for non-serious offenses….”

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