If the purpose of activism is to affect systemic change, the latest development in the saga of Ferguson, Mo. marks a major victory for the social justice movement that started after the death of teenager Michael Brown in that city last August.
In a bill signed into law today, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon finalized what he called the “most significant” reform to the state’s municipal courts system ever to have been enacted.
Under the new law, cities will be unable to raise over 20% of their budgets through their municipal court systems, reported the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. In St. Louis County, the home of Ferguson, that cap will be set even lower, to 12.5% of city budgets.
A U.S. Department of Justice report released in March said the Ferguson Municipal Court, which is part of St. Louis County, operated “not with the primary goal of administering justice or protecting…
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