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