Criminalization of Poverty

Hamline University - Anderson Center

Friday February 22nd 2019 1:00 pm –  4:30 pm

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During the 2019/2020 academic year, the Center for Justice and Law will launch a year-long series on the Criminalization of Poverty devoted to developing creative, concrete, and equitable policy solutions. We invite you to this half-day event on February 22nd to help us vision and plan the upcoming year.

All sessions will take place in the Anderson Center, on the corner of Snelling and Englewood.



1:00 - 2:00: Keynote address

Peter Edelman, Georgetown School of Law

2:15 - 3:15: Criminalization of Poverty in Minnesota Panel Discussion

Arthur Knight, Deputy Chief of the Minneapolis Police Department

Fatima Moore, Director of Public Policy at Minnesota Coalition for the Homeless

William Ward, Chief Public Defender of Minnesota

3:30 - 4:30: Reflection, discussion, and planning

(3 hours of continuing education credit)

Peter Edelman is the Carmack Waterhouse Professor of Law and Public Policy at Georgetown University Law Center, where he teaches constitutional law and poverty law, and is faculty director of the Georgetown Center on Poverty and Inequality. On the faculty since 1982, he has also served in all three branches of government.

In his recent book, Not a Crime to be Poor, Edelman explains that through money bail systems, fees and fines, strictly enforced laws and regulations against behavior including trespassing and public urination that largely affect the homeless, and the substitution of prisons and jails for the mental hospitals that have traditionally served the impoverished, in one of the richest countries on Earth we have effectively made it a crime to be poor. Edelman, who famously resigned from the administration of Bill Clinton over welfare "reform," connects the dots between these policies and others including school discipline in poor communities, child support policies affecting the poor, public housing ordinances, addiction treatment, and the specter of public benefits fraud to paint a picture of a mean-spirited, retributive system that seals whole communities into inescapable cycles of poverty.

This event is approved for continuing education credits from the following boards:

Minnesota Board of Social Work

Minnesota Board of Continuing Legal Education

Minnesota Board of Peace Officer Standards and Training

If you need continuing education credit from another board, please contact

Is your organization interested in sponsoring the Criminalizaton of Poverty conference? Please fill out this form.   

Thank you to our sponsor The Hamline Midway Coalition!


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Hamline University - Anderson Center

774 Snelling Ave N, St Paul, MN 55104

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