Saturday, August 8, 2009

Criminalization of poverty, and the minimum wage

An article on the criminalization of poverty.

While I disagree on a couple points (while I don't think marijuana use should be imprisonable, it should be illegal and fine-able, for example, and I'm not quite sure what to think about the "he committed a felony at 15 and is now unemployable" part), in general I thought this was well done. Being poor isn't a crime, so some of the arrests seem ludicrous.

I also question how badly the minimum wage harms these people. Without a minimum wage, they may be able to get a (lousy) job, in which case they would at least be able to earn some money, and gain some skills and experience to start working their way out of homelessness.

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