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A state punishes the poor - and itself

July 9, 2018

By now, Tennessee should get that it can't punish people out of poverty.

But it doesn't.

In fact, it took a federal judge to drive that point home to lawmakers.

A judge just ruled a Tennessee law that revokes people's licenses for not being able to pay court costs was unconstitutional. 

Now, people who have answered for their crimes and who are trying to start over no longer have to worry about being arrested for trying to drive to a job or to the supermarket  - many of whom are struggling to support children - because they were too poor to pay hundreds in court costs.

That law was not only cruel, but stupid. If you're the 11th poorest state in the country, why make a law that strips people of their means of making a living and putting money back into the economy and possibly lessening their reliance on social services? 

That doesn't prove toughness. Just stupidity. Read my take on it in The Commercial Appeal.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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