A Pound of Flesh – Monetary Sanctions as Punishment for the Poor – Alexes Harris

A TWEET & A LINK TO THAT IMPORTANT BOOK ABOUT: PRISON & POVERTY

Nicholas Kristof@NickKristof 2h2 hours ago

This is a disgrace: We lock people up for being poor. My column from a jail

Monetary Sanctions as Punishment for the Poor

Over seven million Americans are either incarcerated, on probation, or on parole, with their criminal records often following them for life and affecting access to higher education, jobs, and housing. Court-ordered monetary sanctions that compel criminal defendants to pay fines, fees, surcharges, and restitution further inhibit their ability to reenter society. In A Pound of Flesh, sociologist Alexes Harris analyzes the rise of monetary sanctions in the criminal justice system and shows how they permanently penalize and marginalize the poor. She exposes the damaging effects of a little-understood component of criminal sentencing and shows how it further perpetuates racial and economic inequality. …