Do We Treat Poor People Like Criminals?

Dec 6, 2017

Peter Edelman has been focused on poverty in America for a very long time. 

He's one of the two Clinton Administration staffers who resigned in protest when the president signed a welfare reform bill in 1996. 

America is hard on poor people, a situation Edelman covers in his book Not a Crime to Be Poor: The Criminalization of Poverty in America

Examples abound: Ferguson, Missouri, where fines and fees were used to fund city government, is just one. 

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