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Is it a crime to be poor?

Following up on Rose Kasweck’s great post about discriminatory medicine, here’s a story from the New York Times about discriminatory justice.

“TULSA, Okla. — IN the 1830s, the civilized world began to close debtors’ prisons, recognizing them as barbaric and also silly: The one way to ensure that citizens cannot repay debts is to lock them up.

In the 21st century, the United States has reinstated a broad system of debtors’ prisons, in effect making it a crime to be poor.”

Read more here.