Kevin Weaver, featured in our piece Up The Elevator, recently spent 6 days in prison over an unpaid C Train ticket. According to Justice Minister and Solicitor General Kathleen Ganley, “2,000 people are jailed annually for minor offences, spending nearly three days in jail at a cost of $800,250 in total.” Metro has more on Kevin’s story.
To combat this though, Bill 9 has been tabled in Alberta to free up police, court and correctional resources by “end[ing] the practice of issuing warrants for unpaid fines for minor infractions such as not shovelling a sidewalk or not paying a transit fare.”
The Social Return on Investment for having affordable access to public transport, especially for the most vulnerable, is an interesting read as well, via VibrantCanada.ca
Did you know that not paying a C Train ticket could mean jail time?
What are your thoughts on the issue, YYC? Share in the comments!