Fine-Only Offenses in Texas

dc.contributor.advisorSager, Alan
dc.creatorMaksoud, Rylan
dc.date.accessioned2023-09-19T13:36:58Z
dc.date.available2023-09-19T13:36:58Z
dc.date.issued2021-05
dc.description.abstractIn Texas, “fine-only” criminal offenses are pervasive and have placed millions of Texans in jail. Traffic violations are well-known, but even non-drivers face boundless criminalization. This report analyzes primary material, such as case law and training documents. Secondary sources and direct observation, litigation of civil and criminal cases in justice court, provided evidence of de facto practices. Ultimately, these fines and fees constitute discretionary regressive taxes. Lacking representation, those who cannot afford to pay enter a vicious cycle, landing into modern-day debtors' prisons. The Legislature passed tepid reforms in 2017 and 2019, but far more is needed to live up to our promise of a just, fair society.en_US
dc.description.departmentPlan II Honors Programen_US
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/2152/121744
dc.identifier.urihttp://dx.doi.org/10.26153/tsw/48570
dc.language.isoengen_US
dc.relation.ispartofHonors Thesesen_US
dc.rights.restrictionOpenen_US
dc.subjectClass C misdemeanorsen_US
dc.subjectmunicipal courten_US
dc.subjectjustice courten_US
dc.subjectordinancesen_US
dc.subjectfinesen_US
dc.subjectticketsen_US
dc.subjectindigencyen_US
dc.subjectpro seen_US
dc.subjectjustice of the peaceen_US
dc.subjectTexas criminal justiceen_US
dc.titleFine-Only Offenses in Texasen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US

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