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TED Talks: Season 2017

2017x33 Salil Dudani: How jails extort the poor
TV-PG

  • 2017-02-16T05:00:00+00:00 on YouTube
  • 15 mins
  • United States
  • Documentary, Special Interest

Why do we jail people for being poor? Today, half a million Americans are in jail only because they can't afford to post bail, and still more are locked up because they can't pay their debt to the court, sometimes for things as minor as unpaid parking tickets. Salil Dudani shares stories from individuals who have experienced debtors' prison in Ferguson, Missouri, challenging us to think differently about how we punish the poor and marginalized.

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