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Writers LIVE Series: Peter Edelman

March 8, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Writers LIVE: Peter Edelman, Not a Crime to Be Poor: The Criminalization of Poverty in America.

In Not a Crime to Be Poor, Peter Edelman shows how not having money has been criminalized in the U.S. 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, we have effectively made it a crime to be poor.

Peter Edelman is the Carmack Waterhouse Professor or Law and Public Policy and the faculty director of the Center on Poverty and Inequality at Georgetown University Law Center. He is the author of So Rich, So Poor: Why It’s So Hard.

Presented by the Pratt Library in partnership with the Open Society Institute-Baltimore.