The ‘Is it a Crime to be Poor?’ Alliance
We are a diverse group of people who, either individually or as part of their organisation, care deeply about the criminalisation of poverty. We believe it violates equality under the law and principles of social justice. Criminalisation of poverty is also economically and socially costly and has negative spill over effects on the whole of society.
Find out more about us here
To read our Mission Statement please click here
What’s New – Events
An ESRC festival of social science event was held on November 7 titled ‘ The School to Prison Pipeline: A UK Perspective’ at the University of Birmingham, registration details below:(note either link will work):
Tuesday 4th October
Staffordshire University’s Centre for Health and Development (CHAD) and the Faculty of Public Health have collaborated on an annual health and inequalities conference since 2018.
For the 2022/23 academic year we are hosting our second series of webinars around health and social inequalities.
We are delighted to invite you to the first in the 2022/23 series, where we will hear about the pathways to addiction alongside discussing the different punishment and treatment strategies for certain individuals and communities. This one-hour session will include:
• Chair’s welcome (Darren Murinas / Andy Meakin, Expert Citizens)
• The inequitable pathways to addiction, treatment and outcomes. Tony Mercer, Consultant in Public Health
• Punishing addiction: imprisonment for contempt of court. Rona Epstein, Honorary Doctor of Laws, Coventry University
• Q&A To register your free place, please visit: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/addiction-stigma-inequalities-and-punishment-tickets-407403513877
Some examples of the criminalisation of poverty …
If you are having problems with debt, contact :
- Citizens Advice
- National Debtline
- Debt Advice Foundation
- The Money Advice Service
These all offer free advice and are non-profit organisations.