‘Is poverty criminalized in Peoria? A lawyer provides her take’ – Campaign in WCBU article

In the WCBU article ‘Is poverty criminalized in Peoria? A lawyer provides her take‘, Alexus McNally, a researcher from campaign partner, The International Legal Foundation, speaks about the work of the Campaign to Decriminalise Poverty and Status.

So, what the campaign seeks to address are issues where individuals are arrested, detained, convicted, because they are poor, not necessarily because of any any actions that they’ve done, or because they are of a particular race, or ethnicity, or religion, or gender or sexual orientation,” explained McNally. “And so that’s what’s encompassed within this status category. So, in addition to that, there’s migrant status and then also activists such as protesters, and so the conference is seeking to address all of the underlying reasons why individuals that fit into those categories are in jail.”

McNally notes that criminalizing poverty can take many forms, and the homeless is a population that is frequently targeted.

Read the full article here: https://www.wcbu.org/local-news/2022-10-20/is-poverty-criminalized-in-peoria-a-lawyer-provides-her-take?fbclid=IwAR0m6Yen5Y6-aNtfHsl2y_QFMZU-eGY4z8eZ2rtDXSCYxpiyloUNHbTcW8w

Cover photo by Jon Tyson on Unsplash

31 January, 2023
Type of Update:
In the News
Alternatives to Criminalisation
Fees and Fines
Human Rights
Use of Public Spaces
United States
North America
Campaign Partners:
The International Legal Foundation

The Campaign to Decriminalise Poverty and Status is a coalition of organisations from across the world that advocate for the repeal of laws that target people based on poverty, status or for their activism.


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