Impact of Poverty on Justice

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The poorer someone is, the more desperate they are for money, just to keep themselves afloat.  Once they get sufficiently desperate, a number of less-than-legal options become worthwhile, compared to the alternatives available.  This is, partly, why crime rates in poor areas are higher than in nearby, more affluent areas – the poorer you are, the fewer alternatives there are to dealing drugs, being in a gang, or otherwise breaking the law; the more likely you are to get swept into the revolving door justice system, whether you have committed a crime or not; and the less ability you have to hire a good lawyer and resist the overwhelming pressure to plead guilty to avoid a much longer sentence.

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