Why the Police Shouldn’t Be Armed Debt Collectors
Reforms that address police violence against communities of color won't be effective unless we reduce governments' over-reliance on revenue from fines and court fees for minor offenses.
Wingo Smith is a regional policy analyst at the Southern Poverty Law Center focusing on economic-justice issues in the Deep South. Before coming to SPLC, Smith represented clients in consumer, housing and public benefit cases. In 2015-16, he assisted with the legislative effort to rewrite Georgia's garnishment laws after they were found unconstitutional. In 2019, as lead counsel in a multi-plaintiff case against public welfare agencies in Georgia, he negotiated a state-wide consent order to establish procedures for accommodating persons with disabilities within the SNAP and Medicaid programs. He holds a law degree from the University of Illinois and a bachelor's degree from Knox College.