“Gov. Mike Parson’s signature this week makes it official: Municipal courts in Missouri will no longer be allowed to treat poor defendants like ATMs, tapping them for money in a cycle of imprisonment and fees without end. It’s been five years since the Ferguson protests first spotlighted this predatory scheme against some of our most vulnerable citizens, by the very officials who were supposed to be protecting the public.”<br><br>”…the very officials who were supposed to be protecting the public”… I talk about these predatory mofos every day. 5 years post Ferguson they got ch’all cheering black prosecutors and judges who were complicit, thrust them to the forefront of our movement and gotcha abandoning your battle against them to fight their battles. Got y’all supporting these nonprofits that are getting windfalls from black deaths, pain and suffering while you get amnesty days to pay these bs tickets that lead to your arrest and being jailed. Notice, none of this ‘reform’ measures include rescinding these bs tickets and court fees. You still have to pay them.

"Gov. Mike Parson’s signature this week makes it official: Municipal courts in Missouri will no longer be allowed to treat poor defendants like ATMs, tapping them for money in a cycle of imprisonment and fees without end. It’s been five years since the Ferguson protests first spotlighted this predatory scheme against some of our most vulnerable citizens, by the very officials who were supposed to be protecting the public."

"...the very officials who were supposed to be protecting the public"... I talk about these predatory mofos every day. 5 years post Ferguson they got ch'all cheering black prosecutors and judges who were complicit, thrust them to the forefront of our movement and gotcha abandoning your battle against them to fight their battles. Got y'all supporting these nonprofits that are getting windfalls from black deaths, pain and suffering while you get amnesty days to pay these bs tickets that lead to your arrest and being jailed. Notice, none of this 'reform' measures include rescinding these bs tickets and court fees. You still have to pay them.

Editorial: Jailing defendants for poverty will soon be illegal in Missouri. It's far past time.

With a newly signed law, municipal courts in Missouri will no longer be allowed to treat poor defendants like ATMs, tapping them for money in a cycle of imprisonment and
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