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New York Times: I Served My Prison Time. Why Do I Still Have to Pay?
How can prisoners sent back into society manage when they can’t pay a mountain of bills presented at release? They can’t, so a coalition in California is trying to cut the charges.
SFMTA Parking Ticket
San Francisco Examiner: City says reduced fee for parking citation payment program boosting revenues
In what The City is calling a win-win, more people have signed up for parking and Muni citation payment plans since the fees to enroll were lowered in early March, according to the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency.
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San Francisco Chronicle: 88,000 people in SF who lost driver’s licenses may get them back
On Tuesday, city officials are expected to announce that San Francisco Superior Court has lifted suspensions for 88,000 people who had their licenses revoked for failing to appear in court to address traffic tickets.
Phone in Jail Cell
KQED: San Francisco Mayor London Breed to Eliminate Jail Phone Call Fees
San Francisco will stop charging jail inmates for phone calls and stop marking up the cost of items in the jail store, Mayor London Breed and Sheriff Vicki Hennessy told KQED, a change that will save inmates and their families about $1.7 million a year and, city officials hope, make it easier for them to keep in touch with their families.
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CalMatters: Why California libraries are ditching fines on overdue materials
Overdue fines accumulate and block access for low-income residents, the people who need libraries the most. And fines don’t work that well to prod people to return books. Better ways exist that don’t block access for people who need it.
Child Support Order
New York Times: Child Support vs. Deadbeat States
In most states in America, child support doesn’t actually go to children. Particularly when they are being raised in low-income families.

Confused? You’re not alone. Many people have no clue how the child support and public assistance systems operate.