As many of you know, starting January 1, first minor-in-possession offenses will be treated as civil infractions not misdemeanors.
I simply want to raise the question of financial implications.
Fines for MIPs were $500. They will now be $100.
In FY 2013 budget, District Court Fines (parking fines are a separate budget item) were expected to be $2,000,000, in FY 2018 budget, $1,375,000. One factor is probably that community policing has already reduced the number of MIPs, as well as … Read more →