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The Intersection of Race, Poverty, and Crime

By Francisca D. Fajana

Any informed discussion of the criminal and juvenile justice systems must acknowledge the overwhelmingly disproportionate numbers of people of color caught up in those systems. In many communities incarceration has become so common as to be unremarkable. Although the number of people imprisoned in the United States and the racial disproportion have skyrocketed recently, these phenomena are deeply rooted in policies that one can trace to the post-Civil War era.

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