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Guilty Until Proven Wealthy

ID Number: 10598
Maker: Nick Jehlen; Resistant Strains
Technique: offset
Date Made: 1998
Place Made: United States; United States: Vermont, Glover
Measurements: 44.3 cm x 59.5 cm; 17 7/16 in x 23 7/16 in
Main Subject: Prisons & Prisoners
Materials: paper (fiber product)
Digitized: Y

Full Text:
The majority of women in prison are there for property crimes, such as check forgery, check kiting and illegal credit card use. Women bear the brunt of policies that criminalize poverty, being sent to jail and placed on probation for failing to earn enough money to survive. At the same time, the safety net has been slashed, forcing many women to choose between staying out of jail or feeding their kids. $ 80% of women in prison report incomes of less than $2,000 per year in the year before their arrest, and 92% report incomes under $10,000. $ Since 1980, the percentage of women in prison has increased by more than 275%. $ In 1979, fewer than half of the women in prison were there for non-violent crimes. Today, 70% are there for non-violent crimes. Guilty Until Proven Wealthy White collar crime drains $200 billion per year from the US economy, while the economic cost of "street crime" is less than $5 billion. Finding a white collar criminal in most prisons, however, would be no small task. Those who can afford high-priced lawyers and witnesses rarely do jail time, while those who can't must make do with court appointed attorneys who seldom have the time or resources to defend their clients properly. $ The Savings & Loan frauds have cost US taxpayers at least $125 billion. $ The US now imprisons more than ten times as many drug offenders as it did in 1980, most of them low-level dealers and users. At the same time more than $250 billion in drug profits go through US banks each year while convictions for money laundering are few and far between. art: Nick Jehlen resistant strains maximum security democracy series

Acquisition Number: 2012-160

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