How America turned poverty into a crime The poor aren't just struggling during the recession; they're being actively hounded by urban officialsBY BARBARA EHRENREICH
This piece originally appeared on TomDispatch. It is excerpted from Barbara Ehrenreich's new afterward to the 10th anniversary edition of her bestselling book "Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America."Read more...
In what has become a familiar pattern, the government defunds services that might help the poor while ramping up law enforcement. Shut down public housing, then make it a crime to be homeless. Generate no public-sector jobs, then penalize people for falling into debt. The experience of the poor, and especially poor people of color, comes to resemble that of a rat in a cage scrambling to avoid erratically administered electric shocks. And if you should try to escape this nightmare reality into a brief, drug-induced high, it's "gotcha" all over again, because that of course is illegal too.
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