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The Criminalization of Policy

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Savior Pastoral Center

12601 Parallel Parkway

Kansas City, KS 66109

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The Criminalization of Policy
November 13, 2018
@ Savior Pastoral Center
FREE admission | Registration required
12601 Parallel Parkway, Kansas City, Kansas 66109
6:30-8pm

At the third program in American Public Square’s KC Common Good series, a judge, a prosecutor, a Legal Aid attorney, and a policy developer will talk about the criminalization of policy, or the system of laws that disproportionately penalizes certain groups, particularly poor communities of color.

Motor vehicle laws, housing codes, civil asset forfeiture, the collection of civil debts, and racial profiling contribute to stark disparities: low-income people are often unable to afford the fees and fines that result from these policies, and they accumulate debt, entering a cycle of poverty and criminalization.

How do we break the cycle? Eliminate or lessen criminal penalties? If so, how can we enforce laws, and how will our criminal justice system make up for lost revenue? Our panel of experts will discuss the criminalization of policy from various perspectives and will explore solutions to these problems.

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Panelists:

Jean Peters Baker, Jackson County Prosecutor
Lavanya Madhusudan, Independent Research Analyst and Advocate
Judge Jalilah Otto, Jackson County Circuit Court Judge
Wayne Smith, Legal Aid of Western Missouri
Moderator: Debbie Bayless, Center for Conflict Resolution

Visit americanpublicsquare.org/criminalization-of-policy/ for panelist bios and more info.

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