Bill Silverstein no. No one thinks they should not be held accountable. But we think she should be held accountable in a reasonable way. It doesn’t seem reasonable to charge a single mom the same amount you would charge a billionaire for a simple parking ticket and then suspend her license when she fails to pay. There are other alternatives. Community service or maybe sliding scales or working with her on an interest-free payment plan. There needs to be a To my best friend I may not be able to solve all of your problems but I promise you won’t have to face them alone shirt unless we want to clog our jails with poor people who are fined when they can’t afford a fine….and eventually go to jail for a fine and are fined more. Sometimes a legal mistake in poverty can start a vicious cycle. A cycle that someone with 100k would never experience even if they broke the same law 10x more than she did. Bill Silverstein on the surface that makes sense. But here’s where the problem comes. An individual making 60K a year gets pulled over for speeding. That individual is ticketed for $100. That is 2% of their monthly income. And while that might affect the monthly budget, that person can most likely pay that fine. Another individual who makes 120K a year gets pulled over for the same indiscretion and for the same fine. That’s 1% of their monthly income. They can pay for it and move on with their life without thinking about it again. Another individual who makes the same indiscretion and same fine, but only makes 20K a year is looking at a 6% cut in their monthly budget. So someone who makes less gets 6x’s the punishment as another individual for the same indiscretion. That’s not an equitable system.