Contributor, The Volokh Conspiracy

(Here is the latest edition of the Institute for Justice’s weekly Short Circuit newsletter, written by John Ross.)

This week on the podcast: A nursing student punished for off-campus speech; the CFPB’s unconstitutional structure; the right to intrastate travel; and compelled speech in the context of abortion.

Americans face a steadily increasing array of fines and surcharges when they enter the justice system (even when they’re innocent), such that even minor infractions can lead to long-term debt and impoverishment. Across the country, governments are using fines and fees to meet revenue goals connected only distantly, if at all, to the pursuit of justice. It’s a worrisome trend that portends the further breakdown of relations between police-cum-revenue agents and the communities they are meant to serve. The Supreme Court has a chance to address the issue this session. Click here to read IJ’s amicus brief urging that course of action.