Across the country, state and local governments use court fines and fees as a source of revenue to fund public services. This ‘“’taxation by citation’ is not only a threat to individual liberty, but it can also undermine public safety and result in fiscal instability. Taxation by citation must end here in Florida.
Fines and fees are commonplace throughout the justice system. In many cases, fines are considered desirable because they are an intermediate form of punishment. In other words, slapping someone with a fine is less severe than incarceration but is tough punishment for many low-level offenses.
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