Karen Dolan

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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School lunch programs have been critical for feeding kids. Views
Saturday, September 07, 2019
US Kids Shouldn't Go to School Hungry
Nearly half of America's children live in low-income and poor families, and the majority of public school students qualify for free breakfast and lunch programs. Nearly 30 million children—more than the population of Texas — benefit from the National School Lunch Program. In low-income households,...
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Sunday, September 01, 2019
Our Kids Shouldn't Go to School Hungry
Nearly half of America's children live in low-income and poor families, and the majority of public school students qualify for free breakfast and lunch programs. Nearly 30 million children—more than the population of Texas—benefit from the National School Lunch Program.
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Then came the Trump administration—and the equality that she and so many had fought for was cruelly ripped away. (Photo: Shutterstock) Views
Monday, May 06, 2019
All I Want for Mother’s Day Is Equality for My Child
What mother on earth doesn’t want equality and health for her child? I certainly do. I gave birth nearly two decades ago to a healthy, beautiful, intelligent child, who cried more than I thought she would and whose tutu-wearing terrible twos persisted into her tiara-wearing terrible threes. This...
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A 2015 viral video showed an armed officer in South Carolina bodyslamming a teenage girl. (Photo: Screenshot) Views
Wednesday, March 07, 2018
Getting Real About School Safety
Can we get real about school safety? Since the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012, there have been at least 239 school shootings in the United States. 438 people were shot and injured in these shootings, and 138 people were killed. On Valentine’s Day of this year, 14 high...
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Sunday, March 05, 2017
The Worst Thing About Sessions? Everything We Already Knew.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions is in hot water following revelations that he met twice with Russia’s U.S. ambassador when he was a surrogate for the Trump campaign — and then lied about it to Congress. Many of his critics are now calling for his resignation. The contents of Sessions’ talks with the...
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Tuesday, May 17, 2016
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
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 09, 2015
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 09, 2015
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
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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