Poverty has always had a close relationship with crime and punishment in the modern era. The inability to pay certain fines has landed thousands of poor individuals in jail.¹ Unable to pay for bail, innocent people accused of a crime have been kept in jail for months (if not years) waiting for their case to be adjudicated. Our lexicon has come to include the expectation that people must literally “pay for their crime” — and when they don’t have the means to do so — we then make that a crime as well.

There are innumerable examples of how poverty…

Jason Dinger

Writing on issues of crime and poverty. Working on becoming a better human. Doing my best to make scholarly work more accessible to voters and policy makers.

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