Take Action: Make Ohio's Mayor's Courts Fair To All
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Mayor's courts highlight some of the darkest truths about our criminal justice system. We uncovered many mayor's courts that were geared more towards turning a profit than delivering justice.
By definition, mayor's courts are local courts that hear traffic violations; however, in practice, many function by profiting off low-income communities and communities of color. To make matters worse, there is an inherent conflict of interest associated with these courts, because a mayor – who is responsible for the municipal budget and has substantial power over the police – can easily abuse their position to control a court that directly contributes to municipal revenue.
Revenue-driven mayor's courts punish people who cannot afford to pay their citations with additional citations, fines, driver's license forfeitures, and jail time. In doing so, these mayor's courts perpetuate a two-tiered system of justice that criminalizes poverty.
In summary, mayor's courts:
- Lack transparency and accountability
- Can prioritize revenue over justice
- Lack fairness
The ACLU of Ohio published a groundbreaking report revealing shocking data about Ohio's mayor's courts – urge your State Senator and State Representative to read it in full!
Send a message urging the Ohio General Assembly to read our report and make Ohio's mayor's courts fair to ALL!
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