John Oliver: Shut Down “F**k Barrel” Of Municipal Fines Targeting Poor

John Oliver explained on HBO’s Last Week Tonight that Ferguson, MO is not the only municipality balancing its books by fining citizens and jailing those who can’t afford to pay, creating a modern day debtors’ prison system in which committing a minor violation can end up putting someone in “The F**k Barrel.”

Earlier this month, the U.S. Justice Department issued a report blasting many branches of the Ferguson government, including the municipal court, police and city hall, for participated in “unlawful” targeting of black┬áresidents for tickets and fines. The millions of dollars collected satisfied needs of “revenue rather than public safety needs,” the Justice Department report said.

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