Not a Crime to Be Poor
Audiobook Publication Date10/31/2017
Simultaneous with hardcover from New Press.

Genre: Social Science

Not a Crime to Be PoorThe Criminalization of Poverty in America

Performed by:
Eric G. Dove

In addition to exposing racially biased policing, the Justice Department’s Ferguson Report exposed to the world a system of fines and fees levied for minor crimes in Ferguson, Missouri, that, when they proved too expensive for Ferguson’s largely poor, African American population, resulted in jail sentences for thousands of people.As former staffer to Robert F. Kennedy and current Georgetown law professor Peter Edelman explains in Not a Crime to Be Poor, Ferguson is everywhere in America today. Through money bail systems, fees and fines, strictly enforced laws and regulations against behavior including trespassing and public urination that largely affect the homeless, and the substitution of prisons and jails for the mental hospitals that have traditionally served the impoverished, in one of the richest countries on Earth we have effectively made it a crime to be poor.Edelman, who famously resigned from the administration of Bill Clinton over welfare 'reform,' connects the dots between these policies and others including school discipline in poor communities, child support policies affecting the poor, public housing ordinances, addiction treatment, and the specter of public benefits fraud to paint a picture of a mean-spirited, retributive system that seals whole communities into inescapable cycles of poverty.

Unabridged recording:
Run time: 8 hours
Media Options:
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Author
Peter Edelman
Narrator
Eric G. Dove

Biography:
Eric G. Dove is an accomplished singer, guitarist, recording artist, songwriter, actor, and voice artist. As an actor, he has appeared in numerous independent films and stage productions. In addition to two album releases of his own, Eric’s songs have been cut by multiple Nashville artists.

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