Currently, fare-evasion in the District is categorized as a crime that can result in arrest, up to 10 days in jail, and a fine of up to $300.
The Fare Evasion Decriminalization Act of 2017 (Bill 22-408) would make fare evasion a civil offense punishable by a fine of no more than $100. Bill 22-408 recognizes that no one should have to face arrest or jail time for not affording a fare. The punishment does not fit the offense, and enforcement of such laws disproportionately impacts poor communities and communities of color.
Contact the members of the D.C. Council’s Judiciary Committee TODAY and tell them to vote for Bill 22-408 when it is scheduled for mark-up this fall.
Your Councilmembers need to hear from you! Take action today to help end the criminalization of poverty and reverse the tide of over-incarceration in the District.
Charles Allen, Ward 6 Councilmember
Anita Bonds, At-large Councilmember
Mary Cheh, Ward 3 Councilmember
Vincent Gray, Ward 7 Councilmember
David Grosso, At large Councilmember