Why Are We Criminalizing Poverty?

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November 27, 2015 by socialaction2014

“What if I don’t have the money?” the man asked the judge. He was in court because he hadn’t completed the 32 hours of community service he’d agreed to serve as part of a plea deal for a minor offense, and he couldn’t afford to pay his $320 fine.

The defendant was hoping for a deferred sentence — for a bit more time to get the funds together or to complete his community service. No such luck.

“You go to jail,” the judge replied.

According to the transcript, the man seemed shocked. “Over a violation?” he asked. Yes, the judge said. Seven days. “Well, I guess I’ll go to jail then,” the defendant said.

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