What would it be like to live in a country where law enforcement can jail you for crimes you were innocent, and then charge you a fee when your innocence was proven? We may already be at that stage.
In Ramsey County, Minnesota, a man by the name of Corey Statham was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct. Two days later, new information had been provided and his charges were dismissed.
When he had been unjustly impounded, Mr. Statham had $46 in his pockets. When he was released he found the county kept over half of his money as a “booking fee”.
After battling this unmerited fee, Mr. Statham was charged $7.25 to have his money returned.
This is not an isolated incident. Unfair charges like the one in Minnesota have been reported in Kentucky, Colorado, and Missouri.
Charging people for false convictions just to make a quick buck is not something that should be tolerated. It is unconstitutional and can put poorer Americans into debt for for crimes they did not commit.
Fines like this spit into the eye of our founding fathers, who built this free country on values such as “innocent until proven guilty”. People should not be fined by government for being in situations that they would not be in in the first place, if it weren’t for that very same government!
Fines like this not only insult American values, but could incentivizes local government to raise money by falsely charging its citizens with crimes, just for the purpose of stealing pocket money.
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