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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Thursday, October 01, 2015
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
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 01, 2015
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 02, 2012
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
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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Thursday, October 04, 2012
The Biggest Losers: Big Bird and the American People
Who won the first 2012 presidential debate between Mitt Romney and Barack Obama? If you ask the Twitterverse, Big Bird nailed an easy victory. Huh? In case you missed it, the sole quasi-joke either candidate cracked came when Mitt Romney vowed to choke off the government funding that pays some of Sesame Street's bills. But really, there were no winners tonight.
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Thursday, September 13, 2012
Record Poverty Persists While Gap Between Rich and Rest of Us Increases
Sadly, those who "occupied" Wall Street and city squares across the country in 2011, were right: All of the income gains have concentrated at the top, while the rest of us saw a deterioration or stagnation in our wages and income.
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Friday, March 30, 2012
If Health Care Reform Falls, Progressives Need to Look In The Mirror
Supporters of Obama's health care reform are "keeping a stiff upper lip" reports The Hill as reaction to three tough days of oral argument and questioning on aspects of President Obama's Affordable Care Act (ACA).
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Monday, November 21, 2011
Thank You “Super Committee!” You Failed, Now The Rest Of Us Can Succeed
Thank you to Super-Committee Republicans who remained intransigent in their insistence of governing by and for the 1%, protecting their self-interest and the interests of the Super-Rich and Wall Street Bankers. Thank you to the Super-Committee Democrats who, though they revealed their willingness, if reluctant, to do the same by putting drastic cuts to vital domestic and earned benefits programs on the table next to revenue-raisers, stood up against a bad deal. The Democrats on the Super-Committee were responsive to the 99% in the end.
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Monday, October 17, 2011
A Dagger Pointed at Maryland's Peace Movement
There's nothing in Montgomery County's local, non-binding peace resolution about firing Lockheed's employees or tossing any corporations into the Potomac River. It's "a dagger pointed directly at the heart of Montgomery County," warned County Executive Ike Leggett.
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