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Resource ID: #17302
Subject: Police
Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Date: 2000-06-18



This Milwaukee Journal Sentinel series "uncovered serious questions of fairness and effectiveness dogging the Milwaukee Police Department's controversial "zero-tolerance" strategy." The investigation found that "police issued a half-million municipal tickets and collected $ 10 million in new fines, but with disappointing results overall." A major part of the series focused on the racial gap. Through a computer analysis of the municipal court database the reporters found that "minorities in poor central city neighborhoods received 70% of the tickets." The series revealed that "even offenses such as speeding and jaywalking were enforced mainly against minorities" and that "people living in homeless shelters received thousands of tickets while on the street." The investigation also found that "as many as "800 people were wrongly fined, subject to driver's license suspension or even jailed in cases of mistaken identity in just one year."

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