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The Department of Justice’s investigation in to the shooting of Michael Brown by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri identified the jurisdiction’s aggressive collection of fees and fines from its poorest – and mostly minority – citizens as the cause of community distrust of government. Since that report, there has been growing momentum to reform fees and fines policies across the country, with some reporting of a left/right consensus on addressing the criminalization of poverty. We will explore the theory and on-the-ground reality of the criminalization of poverty, as well as the political realities of federal and state criminal justice debt reform in light of the Trump presidency.
Mary Katzenstein, Stephen and Evalyn Milman Professor of American Studies, Emerita at Cornell University and author of the recent article, Taxing the Poor: Incarceration, Poverty Governance, and the Seizure of Family Resources.
Chiraag Bains, CJPP Visiting Senior Fellow and Leadership in Government Fellow at the Open Society Foundations. Member of the Ferguson investigation team in his former role as Senior Counsel to the Assistant Attorney General, Civil Rights Division, United States Department of Justice.
David Silva, Reentry Employment Specialist at Urban Renewal Corp, a reentry services provider, and expert on post-incarceration impacts of fees and fines.
Moderator: Mitali Nagrecha: Director, National Criminal Justice Debt Initiative, Criminal Justice Policy Program