Drawing attention to the debt people face in the criminal justice system — by canceling it

Drawing attention to the debt people face in the criminal justice system — by canceling it
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Much of the headline-grabbing work surrounding criminal justice reform has been focused on conditions those accused of crimes face as they make their way through the system, including mass incarceration, harsh sentencing guidelines and poor prison conditions. This week, we’re taking a closer look at what activists and scholars call crimsumersim, or the way the criminal justice system coerces defendants to purchase products and services that are often predatory. Over the past few weeks, the Debt Collective, a membership group of debtors, has been working to draw attention to the risk of falling into debt as a result of interactions with the criminal justice system, starting with two initiatives.

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