Monetizing the Super-Predator

By Ahmed Lavalais.

Tragically, Black people in America continue to experience disproportionately high levels of contact with the criminal legal system. This contact exposes them to unwarranted dignity harms, harassment, family separation, incarceration, and violence. Black Americans also experience poverty at disproportionate rates. In fact, Black poverty is one mechanism through which increased contact with the criminal system is facilitated. Monetary sanctioning—the imposition of often steep financial costs before, during, or after a criminal or delinquency adjudication—is situated where race, poverty, and the criminal legal system meet. Read Lavalais’s full article here.