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License Suspension Under Growing Scrutiny in MN, ND, and Entire U.S.

By November 22, 2017 No Comments

A fall 2017 report by the Legal Aid Justice Center says that 46 states – including Minnesota and North Dakota – have some form of driver’s license suspension tied to unpaid court debt, reports The Marshall Project. In some states lawsuits have been brought against the practice, which “traps poor people in an unfair and counterproductive cycle: if they can’t drive, they can’t work; if they can’t work, they can’t pay; if they can’t pay, they can’t drive.” Minnesota is at least among the four states that “require a hearing beforehand to determine whether the failure to pay is willful or simply a reflection of poverty.”