One of Equal Justice Under Law’s clients, Joyce Davis — a Detroit-area mother, grandmother, and cancer patient — is not allowed to visit her two sons in prison because of unpaid parking tickets. Last week, she told her story to The Marshall Project:
“I have never committed a crime. The only thing on my record is tickets: parking tickets, license plate registration tickets, one for not having proof of insurance, and a couple of others — all of which are more than four years old. I don’t have any moving violations, like speeding. But I do owe $1,485.”
Because of this debt, the prisons have denied her the ability to visit her sons. She is battling cancer, on a fixed income, and doesn’t have the money for those unpaid tickets.
“Not being able to see my children, with all this hanging over me, is devastating. For one, you never know what will happen to me with my condition, and it would be devastating to not be with them, to not hold them close, ever again.”
After The Marshall Project story was posted, readers immediately started reaching out, asking how they could help, so Equal Justice Under Law organized the fundraising efforts. In less than 24 hours, supporters raised the funds to pay off all of Joyce’s debt, so she can start the process of reapplying for visitation. Joyce was overjoyed: “I love all of you! I haven’t seen my sons in nearly three years. That’s a blessing from God! Someone’s watching out for me down here and up there.”
Equal Justice Under Law is proud to be a part of Joyce’s reunion with her sons — and we will keep all of you updated as her story continues.