Debtor’s prison?

Our city council agenda had an item on it the other day relating to the possibility that some of our citizens are being jailed because they cannot pay their traffic tickets.

The discussion occurred in executive session.  Council used the “consultation with attorneys” excuse to hide from us again.

Why did this item have to go into executive session?

Could it be that our city is “culpable”?

We deserve better

Brutus

6 Responses to Debtor’s prison?

  1. Jerry K says:

    From what I see people here don’t seem to act like traffic signals and signs even apply to them. Maybe a little slam time would be a good reminder?

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    • Reality Checker says:

      Agree. The number of jaywalkers and people talking on phones while driving is also crazy. If a person doesn’t have to pay their ticket (thousands don’t based on the outstanding warrants printed in the anewspaper each year) and if they can’t be jailed, people will just continue to be bad actors. We have more than our share.

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  2. Reality Checker says:

    Don’t jail those who can’t pay. Just put them to work fixing potholes, picking up litter, and doing all of the other work that the city keeps ignoring.

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  3. ManintheMoon says:

    How about the Judges follow the law and ruling of the Supreme Court and if not they get to have some of that jail time they like handing out too. Yep their some who will complain that we should not coddle the poor when they break the law well let’s use the same equal rule and measure with the Judges that are defying the law. Seems fair!

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  4. homeowner777 says:

    Obviously the City wants to keep as quiet as possible about their current and past liability of Jailing people that do not have the means to pay.
    (So, they are up to their elbows . . . . checking with attorneys.)
    They are obviously planning their slippery escape from retribution and thousands of law suits.

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  5. Methinks this overuse of executive session is going to lead to even more trouble. We did not elect these people to keep things from us. Who the hell is paying the bills, after all? Maybe we need another attorney to look at the one we’re already paying? At the end of the day, it just does not look like our current Council feels any sense of responsibility to us.

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