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

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

by Peter Edelman


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A nationally known expert on poverty shows how not having money has been criminalized and shines a light on lawyers, activists, and policy makers working for a more humane approach

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781620971635
Publisher: New Press, The
Publication date: 10/31/2017
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 396,063
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Peter Edelman is the Carmack Waterhouse Professor of Law and Public Policy and the faculty director of the Center on Poverty and Inequality at Georgetown University Law Center. He is the author of So Rich, So Poor: Why It’s So Hard to End Poverty in America (The New Press). A top advisor to Senator Robert F. Kennedy from 1964 to 1968, he went on to fill various roles in President Bill Clinton’s administration, from which he famously resigned in protest after Clinton signed the 1996 welfare reform legislation. He lives in Washington, DC.

Table of Contents

Introduction xi

Part 1 The Criminalization of Poverty

1 Ferguson Is Everywhere: Twenty-First-Century Debtors' Prisons 3

2 Fighting Back: The Advocates and Their Work 21

3 Money Bail 45

4 The Criminalization of Mental Illness 63

5 Child Support: Criminalizing Poor Fathers 83

6 Criminalizing Public Benefits 91

7 Poverty, Race, and Discipline in Schools: Go Directly to Jail 117

8 Crime-Free Housing Ordinances and the Criminalization of Homelessness 135

Part 2 Ending Poverty

9 Taking Criminal Justice Reform Seriously 159

10 Turning the Coin Over: Ending Poverty as We Know It 183

Aftenwrd 251

Acknowledgments 261

Notes 265

Index 289

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