Record Details

Catalog Search

Not a crime to be poor : the criminalization of poverty in America / Peter Edelman.

Edelman, Peter B., (author.).
Image of item

Available copies

  • 6 of 6 copies available at Evergreen Indiana.

Current holds

0 current holds with 6 total copies.

Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Alexandria-Monroe PL - Alexandria 361 EDE (Text) 37521530872755 AMPL Adult Nonfiction Available -
Boswell Grant Twp PL - Boswell 362.5 EDE (Text) 38144000380834 Non-Fiction Available -
Mooresville PL - Mooresville 362.5 EDE (Text) 37323005318327 NONFIC Available -
Morgan Co PL - Martinsville Main Library 362.5561 EDE (Text) 78551000536162 Non-Fiction Available -
New Castle-Henry County PL - New Castle 362.5 EDEL (Text) 39231033439403 Ratcliffe-Carnegie Reading Room Available -
Starke Co PL - Schricker Main Library (Knox) 362.5561 EDE (Text) 30032010709910 ADULT NON-FICTION Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781620971635
  • Physical Description: xix, 293 pages ; 22 cm
  • Publisher: New York : New Press, [2017]

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographic references and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
Introduction -- The criminalization of poverty -- Ferguson is everywhere : twenty-first-century century debtors' prisons -- Fighting back : the advocates and their work -- Money bail -- The criminalization of mental illness -- Child support : criminalizing poor fathers -- Criminalizing public benefits -- Poverty, race, and discipline in schools : go directly to jail -- Crime-free housing ordinances and the criminalization of homelessness -- The real solution: end poverty -- Taking criminal justice reform seriously -- Turning the coin over : ending poverty as we know it -- Acknowledgments.
Subject: Criminal justice, Administration of > United States.
Poverty > Government policy > United States.
Poor > Government policy > United States.

  • Baker & Taylor
    The faculty director of the Center on Poverty and Inequality at Georgetown University reveals how money bail systems, fees and fines, and strict enforcement of trespassing laws are largely geared to keep homeless people in prison, making it a crime to be poor. 12,500 first printing.
  • Baker & Taylor
    Argues that the orchestration of the money bail system, fees and fines, and strictly enforced laws and regulations targeting the homeless and people of color have created an inescapable cycle of poverty.
  • Perseus Publishing
  • Strong sales track: So Rich, So Poor sold 15,000 in all editions combined, including 8500 hardcover.
  • Hot issue: Hits the intersection of criminal justice and inequality.
  • Extensive radio and TV attention: Author did dozens of interviews for previous book including Tavis Smiley, Moyers and Co., Newshour, All Things Considered, The Takeaway, Kojo Nnamdi, Democracy Now, Marketplace, Tell Me More, MSNBC’s The Ed Show, Al Sharpton, and Melissa Harris Perry. He also placed op-eds in the New York Times and Alternet. We expect similar attention for this book
  • Author Tour: Author did events at Politics and Prose, JFK Library, American Constitution Society, Center for American Progress, Aspen Ideas Festival, City Club of San Diego, Busboys and Poets, Demos Poverty Conference, Public Welfare Foundation, and several bar associations and law schools. We expect similar events for this book.
  • Perseus Publishing
    A nationally known expert on poverty shows how not having money has been criminalized and shines a light on lawyers, activists, and policy makers working for a more humane approach
  • Perseus Publishing
    Awarded “Special Recognition” by the 2018 Robert F. Kennedy Book & Journalism Awards

    Finalist for the American Bar Association’s 2018 Silver Gavel Book Award

    Named one of the “10 books to read after you've read Evicted” by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

    “A powerful investigation into the ways the United States has addressed poverty. . . . Lucid and troubling.”
    Matthew Desmond, author of Evicted, in The Chronicle of Higher Education

    A nationally known expert on poverty shows how not having money has been criminalized and shines a light on lawyers, activists, and policy makers working for a more humane approach

    In addition to exposing racially biased policing, the Justice Department’s Ferguson Report exposed to the world a system of fines and fees levied for minor crimes in Ferguson, Missouri, that, when they proved too expensive for Ferguson’s largely poor, African American population, resulted in jail sentences for thousands of people.

    As former staffer to Robert F. Kennedy and current Georgetown law professor Peter Edelman explains in Not a Crime to Be Poor, Ferguson is everywhere in America today. 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, in one of the richest countries on Earth we have effectively made it a crime to be poor.

    Edelman, who famously resigned from the administration of Bill Clinton over welfare "reform," connects the dots between these policies and others including school discipline in poor communities, child support policies affecting the poor, public housing ordinances, addiction treatment, and the specter of public benefits fraud to paint a picture of a mean-spirited, retributive system that seals whole communities into inescapable cycles of poverty.

  • Additional Resources