Karen Dolan

Karen Dolan is a fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies and directs the Criminalization of Poverty project there. She is author of "The Poor Get Prison: The Alarming Spread of the Criminalization of Poverty." Follow her on Twitter: @karendolan

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Tuesday, May 17, 2016 - 12:45pm
Gender Explained: How the Obama Administration Is Getting It Right on Gender Identity
The U.S. government is officially suing the state of North Carolina over its controversial, discriminatory “ bathroom bill ,” which bars transgender residents from using public restrooms appropriate to their gender identity. In announcing the lawsuit, U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch gave a...
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Wednesday, April 13, 2016 - 10:15am
It's Time to Get Cops Out of Schools
I’m still shaking from watching the recently released video of a white, uniformed police officer violently body-slamming a 12-year-old Latina girl face-first into a brick walkway. You can hear a “crack” when her face slams into the brick. The child was reportedly talking with another student when...
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Wednesday, December 9, 2015 - 10:45am
Will Any Presidential Candidate Connect Federal Tax Policy and Police Killings?
An 18-year-old Mike Brown was walking to his grandmother’s house one summer afternoon in Ferguson Missouri. An officer stops him for jaywalking. He ends up lying dead in the road for four hours. Walter Scott is pulled over for a broken taillight in a high poverty area in South Carolina. He flees-...
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Monday, November 9, 2015 - 12:30pm
The Harsh Reality of ‘Ban the Box’ Reform Efforts
One in three Americans has a criminal record. Regardless of conviction, circumstances, age, and severity of crime, this record can and does have significant effect on that person’s ability to find housing, employment, education, food assistance and even essential health care. That’s one hundred...
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Thursday, October 29, 2015 - 10:00am
How The Assault at Spring Valley High Brutally Demonstrates the ‘School-to-Prison Pipeline’
Officer Ben Fields had not a moment’s hesitation in putting a black girl in a chokehold to yank her from her desk chair, slam her to ground and throw her across her classroom. The video of this assault has gone viral and has rightly prompted outrage from white people. Here’s the thing: The...
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Thursday, October 1, 2015 - 3:45pm
A Significant Step Forward on the Road to Reform
Weldon Angelos is a young father who wouldn’t have been able to be in his two children’s lives until he was 80 and his children were old and grey themselves. Angelos made mistakes and sold some marijuana. Because he also happened to have a gun in his possession, he got a 55 year mandatory minimum...
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Thursday, April 23, 2015 - 12:45pm
How A Broken Tail Light Leads to Death
The situation that led to the alleged murder of Walter L. Scott by a white police officer in North Charleston SC is indicative of the crisis created by the growing criminalization of poverty in America and the persistent de-humanization of black people. Poor people are targeted and aggressively...
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Wednesday, April 1, 2015 - 1:15pm
Guilty of Being Poor
Here’s something you might not know about Ferguson, Missouri: In this city of 21,000 people, 16,000 have outstanding arrest warrants . In fact, in 2013 alone, authorities issued 9,000 warrants for over 32,000 offenses. That’s one-and-a-half offenses for every resident of Ferguson in just one year...
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Friday, November 2, 2012 - 1:03pm
Beyond the Jobs Report: A Call for a Transformational Economy
Don't count on the latest round of good economic news to have much of an impact on the elections. There are very few undecided voters left and these minor changes aren't likely to change anyone's mind.
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Wednesday, October 17, 2012 - 6:43am
Rope-a-Dope Revives the Hope
Barack Obama reappeared Tuesday night. He seemed to own Governor Romney on issues of foreign policy, women, immigration, the 47 percent and with a fatal blow regarding the attack on the U.S. embassy in Libya. Don't get me wrong, Mitt was no wimp, and Obama was no progressive, but Obama had the better plans, the better attacks and the better handle on the truth than Romney.
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