Peter Edelman - Not a Crime to Be Poor: The Criminalization of Poverty in America

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Tuesday, October 31, 2017 at 7:00 pm

One revelation of the Justice Department’s Ferguson Report was racially biased policing, and another is a system of laws and fees that have effectively made poverty a crime. By levying fines for trespassing, failure to appear in court, and other minor transgressions, then jailing those who can’t pay, the government targets people already caught in cycles of poverty and keeps them there. Edelman, a former advisor to Robert Kennedy and now Carmack Waterhouse Professor of Law and Public Policy and the faculty director of the Center on Poverty and Inequality at Georgetown University Law Center, argues that this is a retributive system that harms both individuals and their communities.

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ISBN: 9781620971635
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Published: New Press - October 31st, 2017

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