Interview with Karen Dolan on criminalization of poverty


Karen Dolan is the project director in charge of the Criminalization of Race and Poverty at the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington, D.C. Her areas of expertise include poverty, economic hardship, criminalization of race and poverty and juvenile justice.

WikiTribune is interviewing her for a community piece on how poverty is criminalized around the world. Help add to the questions.

Questions worth exploring

  • You mentioned that criminalizing poverty has become more prevalent since the 2009 recession. Can you expand on why that is?
  • What are some of the factors influencing this recent trend?
  • What are some example situations in which poor people have been disproportionally punished?
  • Is this trend particular to the United States? Where else in the world do we see similar cases, or counter-examples?
  • Who benefits when race or poverty are criminalized?
  • What programs have other nations put in place to address this?
  • What is the one thing everyone reading this could do to help reverse the criminalization of poverty?
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