America’s hidden secret: State and city budgets rely on ticket & court revenue

Friday, April 3, 2015
By Paul Martin
Friday, April 3, 2015

When elected officials say, ‘We need more money,’ they can’t look to the department of public works to raise revenues, so where do they find it? Police departments James Tignanelli, president of the Police Officers Association of Michigan union said.

Police Chief Michael Reaves of Utica, Michigan, says the role of law enforcement has changed over the years. “When I first started in this job 30 years ago, police work was never about revenue enhancement, but if you’re a chief now, you have to look at whether your department produces revenues,” he says. “That’s just the reality nowadays.”

Police in some cities are being forced to make false arrests to generate revenue.

According to one lawsuit each officer said they were required to write one traffic ticket per working day. They also had to make two criminal arrests per month, write four ordinance violation tickets per month, and make one DUI arrest every other month. Click here to read more.

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