Manifestations of Poverty: The Rich Get Richer and the Poor Get Prison - Part 1 Honors College - Star Lecture Series

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Part 1 - Understanding poverty requires examining the inconvenient truths about economic inequality, which has a profound impact on people's lives but tends to be discussed less than race or gender. This interactive session reviewed the facts about the distribution of annual income, invited the audience to imagine a situation where they were going to be randomly assigned to a place in society and then reflect on what they believed a just distribution of wealth would look like, ultimately comparing those visions with reality. The second part of the presentation examined the implications inequality has for crime and criminal justice. The question was not just how inequality shapes the crimes of the poor, but also how it affects the crimes of the rich, as well as the likelihood that wrongdoers from either group will be arrested and sentenced to prison.

Part 1 - Understanding poverty requires examining the inconvenient truths about economic inequality, which has a profound impact on people's lives but tends to be discussed less than race or gender. This interactive session reviewed the facts about the distribution of annual income, invited the audience to imagine a situation where they were going to be randomly assigned to a place in society and then reflect on what they believed a just distribution of wealth would look like, ultimately comparing those visions with reality. The second part of the presentation examined the implications inequality has for crime and criminal justice. The question was not just how inequality shapes the crimes of the poor, but also how it affects the crimes of the rich, as well as the likelihood that wrongdoers from either group will be arrested and sentenced to prison.

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