Federal lawsuits claim jails in Ferguson and Jennings operate essentially as modern-day debtors’ prisons, where minor traffic offenses can lead to extended periods behind bars.
More St. Louis County cities are facing a lawsuit from the state attorney general over traffic fine revenues.
One of the courts called out by the Missouri Attorney General on Thursday left a citizen out in the cold last night.
Missouri’s Attorney General files suit against 13 municipalities in St. Louis County for violations of the Macks Creek law, which prohibits municipalities from getting more than 30 percent of revenue from traffic violations.
The Missouri Supreme Court is considering whether to toss out tickets issued as a result of traffic cameras catching drivers speeding or driving through stoplights.
Missouri drivers would not have points assessed against their license for tickets issued by automated traffic cameras under legislation endorsed by the state House.