Chicago Trying To Pay Down Debt By Impounding Innocent People’s Cars

The City of Chicago is reportedly impounding people’s cars with asset forfeiture laws to pay down its massive debt.

Chicago impounds cars even if the car’s owners aren’t charged with a crime or wins a criminal case, notes Reason. Chicago also impounds cars even if the car owner isn’t driving.

Chicago drivers were fined more than $17 million between March 2017 and March 2018 for 31 different types of violations, including DUI, possession of illegal fireworks and playing music too loud, notes Reason:

About $10 million of those fines were for driving on a suspended license, and more than $3 million were for drug offenses…

Ben Ruddell, a lawyer with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Illinois, explained how Chicago’s aggressive impounding hurts poor people:

There’s plenty of reason to be concerned that there’s injustice being done to people who are mostly poor, people who aren’t in a position to fight back.

The city has been perpetuating an exploitative system, charging exorbitant fees in a way that it knows is likely to make it so folks never get their cars out of impoundment.

(Source: Reason, Photo Credit: Vetatur Fumare/Flickr)

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