SPUR Supports the End Debtors' Prisons Act

Advocacy Letter

SPUR supports the End Debtors' Prisons Act and encourages the Assembly's Public Safety Committee to vote "aye" on the legislation. The Act would end the practice of issuing arrest warrants for people who are unable to pay things like traffic tickets or who miss their court dates for these fines and fees. Arresting people for failing to pay a fine for a minor violation causes severe economic collateral consequences, including things like losing a job or housing. California has the most expensive tickets in the country and more than seven million lower income people, creating a perfect storm for debtors' prisons. California must end the practice of arresting and jailing people for being too poor to pay.