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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In one of the richest countries on Earth it has effectively become a crime to be poor. For example, in Ferguson, Missouri, the U.S. Department of Justice didn't just expose racially biased policing; it also exposed exorbitant fines and fees for minor crimes that mainly hit the city's poor, African American population, resulting in jail by the thousands. As Peter Edelman explains in Not a Crime to Be Poor, in fact Ferguson is everywhere: the debtors' prisons of the twenty-first century.