Not a Crime to Be Poor: The Criminalization of Poverty in America (Compact Disc)

Not a Crime to Be Poor: The Criminalization of Poverty in America By Peter Edelman, Eric G. Dove (Read by) Cover Image
By Peter Edelman, Eric G. Dove (Read by)
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In addition to exposing racially biased policing, the Justice Department's Ferguson Report exposed to the world a system of fines and fees levied for minor crimes in Ferguson, Missouri, that, when they proved too expensive for Ferguson's largely poor, African American population, resulted in jail sentences for thousands of people.

As former staffer to Robert F. Kennedy and current Georgetown law professor Peter Edelman explains in Not a Crime to Be Poor, Ferguson is everywhere in America today. Through money bail systems, fees and fines, strictly enforced laws and regulations against behavior including trespassing and public urination that largely affect the homeless, and the substitution of prisons and jails for the mental hospitals that have traditionally served the impoverished, in one of the richest countries on Earth we have effectively made it a crime to be poor.

Edelman, who famously resigned from the administration of Bill Clinton over welfare "reform," connects the dots between these policies and others including school discipline in poor communities, child support policies affecting the poor, public housing ordinances, addiction treatment, and the specter of public benefits fraud to paint a picture of a mean-spirited, retributive system that seals whole communities into inescapable cycles of poverty.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781543628128
ISBN-10: 1543628125
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Publication Date: October 2nd, 2018
Language: English