56 minutes | Feb 23, 2022

Learning How to Decriminalize Poverty with Sarah Couture of the Fines & Fees Justice Center

Sometimes all it takes to start the spiral into inescapable poverty is a few unpaid parking tickets. When someone is already struggling with money, small legal fines can result in their license being taken away, and then they often can't earn any money at all. Sarah Couture, Florida Director of the Fines & Fees Justice Center, joins us on this episode to explain how her work seeks to erase these pitfalls from our legal system, so that people who find themselves in trouble don't end up stuck there.

 

A more equitable justice system not only benefits the individuals navigating it, but benefits the system itself, which often relies on the payment of fines and fees for funding. Tune in to learn how telling YOUR story of legal complications can actually make a difference, and also, how a little hot sauce can vastly improve your grandma's patented mac and cheese recipe.

 

And as always, follow us on social media @FeedingTampaBay for more tips on how you can help improve your community for yourself, for your children, and for your neighbors in need!

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