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Resource ID: #27200
Subject: Courts
Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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Date: March 15, 29, April 17, May 12, 13, 24, June 20, Sept. 6, Oct. 11, 2015

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Many municipal courts in St. Louis County, particularly in struggling areas, have become major sources of revenue for their cities. As these towns came to rely more on traffic fines and court fees to fund their operations, people on the bottom income rungs found themselves buried in debt to the courts and facing arrest when they didn't show up for hearings because they couldn't pay. At the same time, the courts corrupted the points system designed to keep bad drivers off the road by turning moving violations into "illegal parking in a park" -- for a fee.

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