A New Haven, Connecticut Superior Court program that allowed people to get out of minor traffic tickets by donating a toy to charity won’t be continued next year.
The program was reviewed and the decision to end it made after one resident questioned whether the program was unfairly coercing ticket recipients to make a donation instead of fight, whether some offenders who did donate were getting off too easy and whether the state was losing too much money for every toy that was donated in lieu of paying a fine.
A spokeswoman for the Judicial Branch deemed the program “well-intentioned” but not appropriate considering the concerns that were voiced. Ultimately, it was “justice bought and sold” which means that, despite the low level nature of the infractions, the program must end.
Interesting program, but the decision to end it was probably the right call.