March 30, 2018
"This bill proposes to make fare evasion punishable by civil summonses only. Fare evasion or transit theft is the second most common charge that leads to incarceration. However, fare evasion arrests disproportionately affect people of color, with 92% of fare beating arrests being people of color. Others are only issued a summons instead of being arrested. Fare evasion should be handled as a civil summons for all offenders,"  said Assemblymember Tremaine Wright who authored legislation to change theft of transit services from a Class A misdemeanor and allows for community service in lieu of a  civil penalty for certain offenders.(A-9715).