How Chicago Ticket Debt Sends Black Motorists Into Bankruptcy

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The cash-strapped city employs punitive measures to collect from cash-strapped residents — and lawyers benefit. A law professor and economist at Columbia Law School who has studied the ties between ticket debt and bankruptcy in Chicago, said low-income, African-American households are more affected by ticket debt because they have less money to pay tickets even before debt mounts.

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