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Privileged liberals in Washington, D.C., have passed legislation decriminalizing fare evasion on the District of Columbia’s metro system, seeming to ignore the documented effectiveness of such laws in in reducing crime.
The bill, which passed on Dec. 4, changes turnstile-jumping from a criminal offense to a civil one, punishable by a $50 fine, according to The Washington Post. Currently, the criminal offense is punishable by a fine of up to $300 and 10 days in jail.
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The change was proposed by Councilman Trayon White, who cited the stricter law’s disproportionate effect on black people, according to The Daily Caller.
“I’ve seen with my own eyes and read stories,” White said. “Ninety-one percent of citations given were issued to black people.”
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However, that’s a lousy reason to get rid of a law. Any law that forbids people from essentially stealing rides on public transportation isn’t inherently racist.
There’s also no reason to believe that the enforcement of the law was racist, especially when we don’t know how many turnstile jumpers are actually black and how many might be of some other race. (The D.C. population as a whole is about 50 percent black, according to World Population Review.
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In other words, it’s ridiculous to remove a law for racial reasons when there’s no evidence to suggest that the law itself or those enforcing the law were intentionally targeting members of any particular race.
The measure still needs to be signed by Mayor Muriel Brower, according to The Daily Caller. It was unclear if Browser will sign it or when that decision might be made.
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But what is clear is that, in reality, decriminalizing turnstile jumping will hurt everybody, including black passengers.
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