The Criminalization of Poverty

Written by on July 25, 2015 in Economy with 0 Comments


Here’s a roundup of stories and studies on a theme we’ve been covering here at The Watch, the criminalization of poverty.

  • Houston police arrested a single mother last week for “abandoning” her six-year-old and two-year-old in a food court while she went to a job interview. She says she couldn’t afford to hire childcare, and that the children were only 30 feet away, and never out of her sight.
  • A new study by Loyola law professor Alexandra Natapoff finds that public defenders are increasing fulfilling the role of social workers for their clients. This is in part because an increasingly large potion of our social institutions — from schools to doctors to public welfare agencies — are being asked to act as law enforcement. It’s a particularly troubling trend given recent revelations about just how overworked and understaffed most public defender offices are.
  • Welcome to the “Texas Triangle,” a trio of disproportionately poor towns that extract a disproportionately high amount of revenue from traffic fines. One of the towns, Hearne, has 4,400 people, but according to WFAA, “has more than 12,000 municipal court cases pending.” Hearne, you may remember, was the site of a massive drug bust in 2000 that rounded up about 10 percent of its black population. Most were later exonerated when it was revealed that nearly all the arrests were based on the word of a single informant who was paid per conviction.

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Originally entitled: “The criminalization of poverty: Houston police arrest mother after she goes to a job interview”

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