Support the news

Peter Edelman On The Criminalization Of Poverty13:30

Peter Edelman at WBUR (Zoë Mitchell for WBUR)
Peter Edelman at WBUR (Zoë Mitchell for WBUR)
This article is more than 1 year old.

The criminal justice system is titled radically against poor Americans.

In cities and small towns across the America, high fines and fees are widespread in juvenile and adult courts. With a lack of public defenders, the use of money bail and ever-increasing payments can mean repeated jail time and mountains of debt, it can be almost impossible for poor Americans to get out of a cycle debt and incarceration.

"In America today, it is too often a crime to be poor," writes Peter Edelman.

Peter Edelman will be speaking on November 10 at Porter Square Books. More information is available here. 


Peter Edelman, professor of law at Georgetown University. His latest book is "Not a Crime to Be Poor: The Criminalization of Poverty in America."

This segment aired on November 10, 2017.


+Join the discussion

Support the news