Offenders of the city’s municipal laws with outstanding warrants soon will get a free pass.
St. Louis officials plan to announce that the city’s municipal court will automatically clear outstanding warrants for nonviolent traffic violations and allow offenders to reset the court dates without a fee so long as they act by year’s end, making it the most progressive warrant forgiveness program in the region.
About 220,000 outstanding warrants issued before Oct. 1 in the city will automatically be forgiven, according to Jeff Rainford, the chief of staff to Mayor Francis Slay. He said the announcement was planned for today.
Rainford said the novel approach comes from conversations in the wake of the unrest in Ferguson, where many advocates of the poor complain that some residents are burdened by steep court fines and saddled with warrants for minor offenses.
“In light of Ferguson, we were thinking of how we can be more fair,” Rainford said."How can we be more fair."
|Not without massive affirmative action and employment in the public sector....|
The most important question of modern America, a country completely gripped in the theocratic belief in Black-Run America's (BRA) moral authority.
With your average black male being quite intimate with the judicial system, it's only fair to extend the "Ban the Box" campaign to the city Michael Brown and Vonderritt Myers called 'home.' [St. Louis city will no longer require job applicants to disclose felony convictions, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 10-1-14]:
Mayor Francis Slay announced on Tuesday that St. Louis will no longer require applicants for city jobs to disclose felony convictions.
“Millions of Americans have been convicted of felonies. Many of them have paid their debt to society and are willing to earn a second chance,” Slay said at a press conference.
Some jobs are subject to regulations and the city is legally required to do background checks, such as at the airport or police department. Those checks will still take place, officials said.
Slay said the city will do such screenings on a case-by-case basis but that job applications no longer will face a check-box asking them about their criminal history.
“We would not hire a child molester for recreational programs,” Slay said. “We would not hire an embezzler to handle money.”
The announcement comes as regional leaders grapple with the unrest in Ferguson after the shooting death of unarmed teenager Michael Brown. Protesters have used the situation to shine a light on problems such as racial discord, police tactics and poverty.
Slay made the announcement while standing next to Jamilah Nasheed, a state senator who has appeared on the front lines of many of the Ferguson protests.
“This is how you fight crime,” Nasheed said. “You fight crime with jobs.”
Officials said some people may not apply for jobs thinking a conviction would automatically disqualify them.
“If you get out of prison and you can’t get a job, you can’t provide for yourself or your family,” Slay said.Fair.
"Ban the Box" to ensure fairness in job applications.
Why not just make it illegal to give black people tickets for nonviolent offenses?
Wouldn't that be fair?
Of course, and just the concept to introduce for white leaders hoping to curry favor with the black mob out for justice. [Court study shows fines weigh heavily on towns with larger African American population, Fox2Now, 10-15-14]:
An independent study supports recent complaints that small, municipal courts in St. Louis County are often revenue raisers for towns in the northern part of the county.
Better Together, a not-for-profit studying fragmented government in St. Louis County and City, issued the document Wednesday.
“Our report indicates a systemic problem that allows for some municipalities to survive on court fines and fees. Further data shows this is largely done on the back of poor black communities,” said Dave Leipholtz, an attorney and the Director of Community Based Studies. Leipholtz found some St. Louis County towns that budget for an increase in court fines and fees. In other cases the courts produce revenue well beyond the cost of administering the judicial system.
Calverton Park topped the list at 66 percent of its general revenue derived from court fines and fees. Pine Lawn drew 48 percent and Normandy 40 percent. Twenty municipalities all north of Olive drew 20 percent or more of their general revenue from the fines and fees. Across St. Louis County communities averaged 13 percent of general revenue from the courts.
Not all of the fines are traffic related. Veteran municipal judge Frank Vatterott, who serves in Overland, said some fines come from prosecuting shop lifting and domestic abuse cases. But he agreed there are issues that need to be addressed to insure the municipal courts operate fairly and provide justice.
“I think it shows, unfortunately, for better or worse there are a lot of cities in the northern part of our county that exist on the traffic court. That’s not healthy,” he said.
Judge Vatterott is leading a group of judges, court administrators and social service experts called the St. Louis County Municipal Court Improvement Committee that is working to correct inequities in the court system. One suggestion is to develop a group of volunteer public defenders to provide legal advice to those attending the municipal courts."Our report indicates a systemic problem that allows for some municipalities to survive on court fines and fees. Further data shows this is largely done on the back of poor black communities,” said Dave Leipholtz..."
No, the systemic problem is that the black population in these cities lacks the ability to create any taxable wealth that can be used to fund a government and public services.
It should be quite obvious these "poor black communities" in metropolitan St. Louis exist because of the hardworking white communities, who see their tax dollars redistributed to pay for the breeding of more black people.
"The Day the EBT Card Stops" will make the world George Romero created in Night of the Living Dead and Dawn of the Dead look like a Disney fairytale in comparison; and St. Louis will be the city (and metropolitan area) where the madness is most extreme.
Nature, unlike the white political establishment in St. Louis (and all of America), abhors fairness and equality.
In the end, her wrath will be most unkind.
Forgive outstanding warrants for failing to show up for court all you want.
"Ban the Box" all you want.
Refuse to ask why majority black communities lack the ability to survive without court fines and fees (a powerful reminder of the Visible Black Hand of Economics) all you want.
Mandating fairness, whatever the cost, is America's most noble pursuit.
In the end, the cost will simply be the civilization white people built in not just St. Louis, but all of America.