A “f**kbarrel” of fines: John Oliver reveals the disturbing way police are preying on the working poor

March 23, 2015 1:35 PM

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How are some U.S. counties getting away with ruining the lives of the working poor through municipal violations? That’s the question John Oliver took a stab at on Sunday’s “Last Week Tonight.” And more specifically: “How the f**ck is it possible for a grandmother to go to jail for traffic tickets?”

Well, it’s rather simple, according to the late night host, when you consider all the people living paycheck to paycheck who can’t pay a fine upfront — and then weigh that against the demand for citations among municipalities for funding of local services.

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