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WARNING! — Don’t Go To Jail Because Your Tickets Have Gone To Warrant

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The Coalition on Homelessness has learned that there has been a policy change at Traffic Court effecting people receiving tickets for “Quality of Life” infractions – Jaywalking, Open Container, Camping, Sit/Lie, etc. –  and have missed court dates, allowing their tickets to go to warrant.

SF Traffic Court will no longer set court dates for cases in which warrants have been issued.

According to Traffic Court Clerk Supervisor, Janette Santos (415) 551-8502, in order to set a new court date, the person must pay the full amount of the original fine. If they are unable to pay the fine, they must go to jail in order to see a judge. This means that poor people will go to jail having never been convicted of a crime.

It is the opinion of the Coalition on Homelessness that issuing warrants and incarcerating poor people simply for being poor solves nothing and is likely unlawful. We will continue our efforts to remedy this and other policies that unfairly target an already marginalized population.

If you receive a citation while this unjust policy is in effect, you must either pay the fine or come to the Coalition on Homelessness before your ticket go to warrant so we can assist you in getting it discharged. Citation defense hours are Monday and Wednesday from 10 to Noon.

After a warrant is issued, these citations cannot be discharged.

Policy does not include MUNI violations.

COH cannot assist with tickets issued by MUNI fare inspectors.

If you receive a MUNI violation, go to their office located at 11 S. Van Ness

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Author: Street Sheet Editor

The STREET SHEET is the oldest continuously published street news paper in the United States. Organizationally, it is the public education and outreach tool of the Coalition on Homelessness. Every month, the STREET SHEET reaches 32,000 readers through over 200 homeless or low-income vendors. Our vendors are charged nothing for the papers they receive, and keep all money they earn through STREET SHEET distribution.

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