01/26/2018 @ 12:00 pm – 12:30 pm

Prof. Peter Edelman, faculty director of the Center on Poverty and Inequality at Georgetown University Law Center, has written a new book, Not a Crime to Be Poor: The Criminalization of Poverty in America, and John Bouman, president of the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law, has written a review of it. Both examine the systemic way that poverty has been criminalized in the United States — from criminal justice debt to school discipline to homelessness — and its inextricable connection to race. But the book doesn’t just explain the problem — it highlights actual attorneys and community members who are challenging the system and building a better one in its place.

For their January episode of the Advocacy Exchange, the Shriver Center’s monthly conversation with advocates advancing change, they willl talk with Peter Edelman, John Bouman, and the ACLU’s Nusrat Choudhury about the criminalization of poverty and the advocates highlighted in Professor Edelman’s book.