March 24, 2020 17 minutes to read · 4000 words

Criminal Justice Debt Problems

By John Mathews II and Felipe Curiel

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Reprinted with permission from Human Rights, Volume 44, Number 3, at 6-9. ©2019 by the American Bar Association. All rights reserved. This information or any or portion thereof may not be copied or disseminated in any form or by any means or stored in an electronic database or retrieval system without the express written consent of the American Bar Association.

The Problem—Criminalization of Poverty Overview

In the United States, wealth, not culpability, often shapes outcomes. From what is defined as criminal behavior to how penalties are decided, our legal system punishes people who are poor in America far more often and more harshly than the wealthy.


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