Skip to main content
ClearingHouse Community Menu ≡

Criminalizing Poverty

with Peter Edelman, John Bouman, & Nusrat Choudhury

Prof. Peter Edelman, faculty director of the Center on Poverty and Inequality at Georgetown University Law Center, has written a new book, Not a Crime to Be Poor: The Criminalization of Poverty in America, and John Bouman, president of the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law, has written a review of it, "Poverty and People of Color: Some Answers to Why." Both examine the systemic way that poverty has been criminalized in the United States -- from criminal justice debt to school discipline to homelessness -- and its inextricable connection to race. But the book doesn't just explain the problem -- it highlights actual attorneys and community members who are challenging the system and building a better one in its place.

In our January episode of the Advocacy Exchange, our monthly conversation with advocates advancing change, we talked with Peter Edelman, John Bouman, and the ACLU's Nusrat Choudhury about the criminalization of poverty and the advocates highlighted in Professor Edelman’s book.

For more, be sure to read Peter Edelman’s book and John Bouman’s book review on the Clearinghouse Community.

prison cell through bars

Want to take the Advocacy Exchange with you?
Subscribe to the podcast version on iTunes, Google Play, or SoundCloud.
↑ Go up to the top.