Support Bill 22-408, The Fare Evasion Decriminalization Act of 2017

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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.

Message Recipients:
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

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I'm writing to express my strong support for the "Fare Evasion Decriminalization Act of 2017" (Bill 22-408), and to ask that you vote in support of the bill when it is scheduled for markup before the D.C. Council's Judiciary Committee.

Bill 22-408 would make fare evasion a civil offense punishable by a fine. It is a sensible and necessary reform to District law, recognizing that no one should have to face arrest, jail time, or a criminal record for not paying a $2 metro fare.

A parking ticket does not result in potential jail time, and failure to pay Metro fare should not either. The punishment simply does not fit the offense. It's time to change our broken system.

As a D.C. resident, I hope I can count on your vote in support of Bill 22-408.

Sincerely,

[First Name] [Last Name]
[Your Address]

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