Cities With Large Black Populations More Likely to Use Fines for Revenue

Posted: July 12, 2017 in Uncategorized

There’s new evidence to support what many in the Black community have long suspected: that vulnerable populations are disproportionately targeted for citations. Vox reports that a study found that cities with large Black populations are more likely to use fines to increase revenue. Political science researchers Michael Sances, of the University of Memphis, and Vanderbilt University’s Hye Young You based their findings on data from over 9,000 cities.

“The average collection was about $8 per person for all cities that get at least some revenue from fines and fees, but that rose to as much as $20 per person in the cities with the highest Black populations,” Vox reported.

via Cities With Higher Black Populations More Likely to Use Fines For Revenue — News One

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