“Just in the last ten years it has become apparent that being poor is in itself a crime in many cities and counties, and that it is a crime punished by further impoverishment.”
— Barbara Ehrenreich, Foreword A survey research report titled "The Poor Get Prison: The Alarming Spread of the Criminalization of Poverty" with a Foreword by Barbara Ehrenreich was released on March 19th by the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS). The Elfenworks Foundation sponsored the timely report. Author Karen Dolan of IPS told us, “I believe this is the first time many of the various elements that contribute to the growing phenomenon of criminalizing poor people come together in one cohesive whole. It examines the issues we also see highlighted in the Department of Justice Ferguson report, plus more, and gives it a national lens.” Elfenworks and IPS hope the paper’s findings create ripples in important ways. The full report is here (PDF).
If you’re moved by what you read in the report and are interested in using your social media network to spread the word, IPS offers the following sample tweets:
- Poor people are criminalized for non-criminal activity. New @IPS_DC report: The Poor Get Prison http://bit.ly/1FJzUGB #BlackLivesMatter
- Poverty is becoming a crime in America. Read how and why in NEW @IPS_DC report: "The Poor Get Prison" http://bit.ly/1FJzUGB #talkpoverty
- #Ferguson IS America. New report details the increasing criminalization of the poor: The Poor Get Prison" http://bit.ly/1FJzUGB #BlackLivesMatter
- NEW Report: "The Poor Get Prison," foreword by Barbara Ehrenreich. It's now a crime to be poor in America http://bit.ly/1FJzUGB #P2