KU law student files for seat on Lawrence City Commission

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — A University of Kansas law student has filed for a seat on the Lawrence City Commission.

The Lawrence Journal-World reports that Cori Viola says her time as a clerk for the nonprofit advocacy group Kansas Appleseed helped bring to light some issues she thinks the commission ought to change.

At issue is a city ordinance that requires people convicted in Municipal Court to pay a little more than $72 per day for jail time. She says that for poverty-stricken defendants, the requirement often just makes it more difficult for them to improve their situations.

The 23-year-old has lived in Lawrence for six years, while receiving her undergraduate degrees and working on her law degree. She says the City Commission could benefit from having a younger voice and new perspectives.

 

 

 

 

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