The City Of Ferguson Going Broke As Result Of Changes Made By DOJ

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For those too poor to pay their tickets, routine traffic stops in Ferguson ended up in repeated imprisonment due to mounting fines. Ferguson was running a de facto debtors’ prison.

“Because such systems do not account for individual circumstances of the accused, they essentially mandate pretrial detention for anyone who is too poor to pay the predetermined fee,” top civil rights prosecutor who supervised the Ferguson inquiry at the Justice Department, Vanita Gupta said at the time.

Now, a lack of funds has cops overworked and underpaid, and officials are running scared.