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It's Not Just Ferguson

Karen Dolan | Posted 04.01.2015 | Politics
Karen Dolan

When a community issues arrest warrants for more offenses than it has residents, something's deeply wrong. A democratic society that purports "freedom and justice for all" can't coexist with one that profiles and criminalizes poor people and communities of color.

Pay Your Own Way Government Has a Body Count

Leah Plunkett | Posted 08.16.2014 | Politics
Leah Plunkett

If Kafka were around to design a plan for governance, the result would be this pay-your-own-way approach. When government tries to make some citizens pay for services we all rely on, the results are at best bizarre, at worst sinister.

State Court STRIKES DOWN 'Debtors' Prisons'

Simon McCormack | Posted 02.05.2014 | Crime

Ohio's highest court took steps to make sure no one sentenced in state cases gets put behind bars simply because they are too poor. The state's sup...

Return Of The Debtors' Prison?

Posted 12.13.2011 | Chicago

Some Illinois residents struggling to pay off their debt have yet another thing to worry about: getting thrown in jail. As WBEZ reports, creditors...

Should Homeowners Be Jailed For Taking Out Bad Loans?

Posted 05.28.2011 | Business

To date, not a single mortgage lender has been sent to prison for their role in the financial crisis. At least one borrower hasn't been so lucky. C...

Weekly Audit: Financial Reform Makes Headway, Jobs And Social Security In Jeopardy

The Media Consortium | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
The Media Consortium

by Zach Carter, Media Consortium blogger Two critical Wall Street reforms, once declared dead by U.S. megabanks, are suddenly close to Congressional ...