The Resource Not a crime to be poor : the criminalization of poverty in America, Peter Edelman

Not a crime to be poor : the criminalization of poverty in America, Peter Edelman

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Not a crime to be poor : the criminalization of poverty in America
Title
Not a crime to be poor
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the criminalization of poverty in America
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Peter Edelman
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Language
eng
Summary
"Most Americans believe debtors' prisons are a thing of the past. Yet today, people are in jail by the thousands for no other reason than that they are poor. As the Justice Department found when it investigated police practices in Ferguson, Missouri, massive fines and fees are levied for minor crimes such as broken taillights and rolling through stop signs, and when the poor cannot pay, the result is an epidemic of repeated stays in jail. Bail is routinely set without consideration of a defendant's ability to pay, resulting in one kind of justice system for those who can buy their way out and another harshly punitive one for those who can't. In Not a Crime to Be Poor, Georgetown law professor Peter Edelman argues that Ferguson is everywhere in America today. Through money bail systems, fees and fines, drivers license suspensions by the millions, strictly enforced laws against behavior including vagrancy 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, one of the richest countries on Earth has effectively criminalized poverty. Edelman, who famously resigned from the administration of Bill Clinton over welfare "reform," connects the dots between disciplinary policies that disproportionately send African American and Latino schoolchildren to court for minor misbehavior, child support policies that send penniless fathers to jail, public housing rules that bar ex-offenders, the eviction of women who call 911 to get protection against domestic violence, and the threat of fraud charges against public benefit recipients to paint a picture of a mean-spirited system that turns daily struggles into inescapable poverty. Tracing this trend back to the so-called tax revolution when voters insisted that politicians cut taxes drastically, forcing cities and states to look to alternative ways of raising money, Edelman shows that we still live in a country where, to our great shame, it is a crime to be poor."--Jacket flap
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Edelman, Peter B
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no index present
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non fiction
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  • Criminal justice, Administration of
  • Poverty
  • Poor
  • Criminal justice, Administration of
  • Poor
  • Poverty
  • United States
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Not a crime to be poor : the criminalization of poverty in America, Peter Edelman
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Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 253-276) and index
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volume
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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Contents
Introduction -- The criminalization of poverty -- Ferguson is everywhere : twenty-first-century century debtors' prisons -- Fighting back : the advocates and their work -- Money bail -- The criminalization of mental illness -- Child support : criminalizing poor fathers -- Criminalizing public benefits -- Poverty, race, and discipline in schools : go directly to jail -- Crime-free housing ordinances and the criminalization of homelessness -- The real solution: end poverty -- Taking criminal justice reform seriously -- Turning the coin over : ending poverty as we know it -- Acknowledgments
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ocn974699835
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
xix, 293 pages
Isbn
9781620971635
Lccn
2017025523
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unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
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  • n
Label
Not a crime to be poor : the criminalization of poverty in America, Peter Edelman
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 253-276) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction -- The criminalization of poverty -- Ferguson is everywhere : twenty-first-century century debtors' prisons -- Fighting back : the advocates and their work -- Money bail -- The criminalization of mental illness -- Child support : criminalizing poor fathers -- Criminalizing public benefits -- Poverty, race, and discipline in schools : go directly to jail -- Crime-free housing ordinances and the criminalization of homelessness -- The real solution: end poverty -- Taking criminal justice reform seriously -- Turning the coin over : ending poverty as we know it -- Acknowledgments
Control code
ocn974699835
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
xix, 293 pages
Isbn
9781620971635
Lccn
2017025523
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n

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