Carta en apoyo de proyectos de ley para despenalizar la pobreza

Marzo 9, 2021

A TRAVÉS DEL CORREO ELECTRÓNICO

Comité judicial y de derecho civil de la Cámara de Minnesota
Cariño. Jamie Becker-Finn, Silla
559 Edificio de oficinas de estado
St. Paul, Minnesota 55155

RE: Apoyo de la Conferencia Católica de Minnesota a HF306 (Frazier) y HF336 (Becker-Finn)

Presidente Becker-Finn y miembros del Comité,

La Conferencia Católica de Minnesota (MCC), la voz de las políticas públicas de la iglesia católica en Minnesota, escribe para expresar nuestro apoyo a HF306 (Frazier) y HF336 (Becker-Finn), dos medidas que buscan reconsiderar y eliminar las penas penales que crean sanciones colaterales injustas para quienes viven en o cerca del umbral de pobreza.

Catholic Conferences across the country have routinely supported legislative efforts to de-criminalize poverty. Our faith teaches us that criminal laws should always respect the dignity of each person. Cuando una persona viola la ley, deben ser castigados. Al mismo tiempo, la dignidad inherente de un delincuente no disminuye incluso si él o ella viola una ley. El equilibrio adecuado se alcanza cuando nuestras leyes y sanciones consideran varios factores, incluyendo el peligro del delincuente para la sociedad. Civil and criminal penalties should always serve the purpose of rendering justice to both society and the offender.

We must distinguish between policies that render justice and those that perpetuate injustice. License suspensions for payment-related violations primarily impact people with low incomes and little savings. Sixty percent of low-income individuals who lose their driving privileges eventually lose their job, leading to escalating debt, exposure to usury, and family hardship. The non-payment of fees and fines is not a threat to public safety, but rather a symptom of poverty, and we should ensure that no policy perpetuates the injustice of poverty. Del mismo modo, our criminal justice system can uphold public safety without also acting as revenue stream for the state, an arrangement that disproportionately harms communities of color and those in poverty.

The changes proposed by HF306 and HF336 transcend ideological and partisan boundaries and would allow our justice system to maintain public safety without criminalizing poverty. Please vote “Aye” on favorable passage of both measures.

Presentado respetuosamente,

Ryan E. Hamilton, Esq.
Asociación de Relaciones Gubernamentales

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