A homeless man’s truck was impounded in Seattle and he couldn’t afford the costs to get it back. That’s unconstitutional, justices rule.
So the Washington Supreme Court holds in a case involving a man who was living in his truck, and who had to pay the money when his truck was impounded for being parked too long in one place.
Sandy Martinez is challenging the exorbitant penalty for driveway cracks, a storm-damaged fence, and cars parked in an "unapproved" manner on her own property.
Sandy Martinez says that fine, along with another $63,500 for driveway cracks and a downed fence, violates Florida's constitution.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis Banned Localities From Collecting Mask Fines. Local Officials Say They'll Keep Issuing Fines Anyway.
Police in the Miami-area have been proactively issuing $100 fines to people not wearing masks outside.
A 2018 Reason investigation showed how Chicago's impound program ensnared innocent owners, stripped them of their cars, and soaked them in debt.
If there's one thing at which governments have excelled during this crisis, it's been collecting fines from anybody who steps out of line.
Reason showed how Chicago's impound program traps innocent owners in thousands of dollars of debt in 2018.
A law passed by Florida Republicans to limit a constitutional amendment restoring voting rights to felony offenders violates the 14th and 24th Amendments, the judge ruled.
In the Middle of a Pandemic, This Alabama City Is Still Throwing People in Jail for Unpaid Traffic Tickets and Missed Court Dates
County offices and courts are closed for COVID-19, but the jails are full.
It seems unlikely that most Americans who owe fines for petty crimes will be in a better position to pay them in 60 to 90 days.
"Equally guilty but wealthier felons are offered access to the ballot while these plaintiffs continue to be disenfranchised, perhaps forever."
"As a matter of public policy, this system is clearly broken," says Comptroller Susana A. Mendoza.
"Taxation by citation" harms the harmless and destroys trust in civic institutions.
Miami Beach's crackdown on Airbnb is "in jarring conflict" with a state law capping municipal fines at $1,000 per day, Judge Michael Hanzman ruled.
Allie Nelson is the latest plaintiff in a lawsuit challenging Chicago's vehicle impound racket, which seizes cars from the innocent and guilty alike.
Woman Sentenced to 12 Years in Prison for Selling $31 of Marijuana Lands Back in Jail for Court Fees
Fines continued to pile up for almost a decade.
Two federal court rulings cite a significant conflict of interest.
Governing puts together a database of cities and towns addicted to money from fines and forfeitures.
His death resulted from a violent confrontation that never should have happened.
"I don't think that I deserve to pay $80 for something that is fixable — and I can fix it, if that's all you want me to do."
The new law eliminates a loophole that allowed police to continue arresting people for something that was not supposed to be a crime anymore.
And will the end result encourage companies to try to keep cybersecurity breaches secret?
New Orleans can't use zoning regulations to decide what counts as artistic expression.
If governments can oppress, they usually will.
Cannabidiol products are legal for sale and consumption, but adding it to other things is somehow forbidden.
The lawsuit is the second filed this year challenging Chicago's punitive and corrupt towing program.
A Pennsylvania mom faces reckless endangerment charges for assuming her children—ages 2, 5, and 7—could survive a very short wait.
Widely Unpopular Bill de Blasio Leads Major Crackdown on Highly Popular Ice Cream Trucks Over Unpaid Parking Tickets
New York's parking regulations make numerous traffic tickets just another cost of doing business for the city's food trucks.
Restaurateurs get protection from small competitors. It’s the citizens who lose out on delicious food choices.
Chelsea Manning Faces $1,000-a-Day Fines, Was Imprisoned Again Yesterday After Refusing to Testify for Grand Jury
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Institute for Justice sues Dunedin, Fla., over the $29,000 in fines imposed without due process over Jim Ficken's unmowed lawn.
Following a Reason investigation into Chicago's punitive vehicle impound program, a new lawsuit alleges the practice violates Chicagoans constitutional rights.
Harris supported a truancy law that listed jail time as a punishment for parents.
Facebook would prosper in a less robust market.
Florida's $300 felony theft threshold turns petty crimes into prison time. That might change soon.
Gov. Ralph Northam pushes for reform.