US Warns Against Fines on Poor People
The U.S. Justice Department says that issuing large fines and putting poor people in prison for not paying them is illegal.
The law enforcement agency said putting people in jail or prison for not paying fines is unconstitutional. It damages trust in communities and local governments, it said.
The Justice Department warning came after a conference in Washington in December. It revealed that some communities relied on fines as a source of revenue.
The government found that fines and jailing happened frequently in Ferguson, Missouri. The small community near St. Louis was the center of attention in 2014. That year, street protests occurred after a policeman shot a black teenager to death.
It was reported by multiple media sources that Ferguson's court fines account for 20 percent of the city's revenue. Fines were enforced for minor crimes like littering and speeding. Fines would reach over $500.
Attorney General Loretta Lynch, the U.S.'s top law enforcement official, said local courts should not fine the poor to pay for the government, and then arrest people who cannot pay the fines.
The consequences of poverty are not only harmful, they are far-reaching, Lynch said. She continued to say the poor deserve the ability to support their families.
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1.poor people 穷人
He's too proud to speak to poor people like us.
2.put... in prison 把...送进监狱
He was put in prison for theft.
3.law enforcement agency 执法机构
Whether law enforcement agency to anti-monopoly law should have independent judicial authority or not?
4.pay fines 交付罚金
You'll have to pay fines.
1.It revealed that some communities relied on fines as a source of revenue.
relied on 依靠；依赖
Can this rope be relied on ?
I query whether his word can be relied on.
2.It was reported by multiple media sources that Ferguson's court fines account for 20 percent of the city's revenue.
account for 对...负有责任；说明...的原因
How do you account for the difference between them?
All sorts of theories were put forward to account for his apparent affluence.
这种现象在密苏里州的弗格森时有发生 。2014年，圣路易斯附近的一个社会组织一度成为公众的焦点 。当时，一名警察开枪打死了一个黑人男孩，由此引发了大规模的公众示威游行 。
媒体大肆报道称，弗格森法院其罚款所得收入占城市总收入的20% 。这些罚款的名义包括乱扔垃圾和随地吐痰等小型违法行为 。罚款金额高达500美元 。
林奇说：“贫困不仅会带来许多社会问题，而且影响深远 。”她还表示穷人也得养家糊口 。