Poverty Is A Pervasive Problem Essay example

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“If the misery of the poor be caused not by the laws of nature, but by our institutions, great is our sin” -Charles Darwin. Poverty is a pervasive problem in our society and attempts by our government have failed to solve the problem and new ideas are being proposed on how to help the poor succeed. In the words of New York Times columnist, Charles Blow, “The War on Poverty has become the War on the Poor.” One major problem faced by the poor if a fundamentally flawed justice system, which unfairly affects America’s impoverished citizens. Each year, America spends over $80 billion incarcerating approximately 2.2 million people. More than a quarter of all adults in America have a criminal record. Possessing a criminal record is an issue because there are approximately 45,000 both federal and state laws that restrict access to voting, jobs, housing, business licensing, parental rights, and government benefits. These restrictions make it exponentially harder for people getting released from prison to become productive members of society again, since they can’t find jobs, housing, or afford education. Ultimately, this results in an increase in recidivism rates. There are several possible solutions to this problem. One solution would be to enable judges to issue “certificates of rehabilitation” which remove some of the restrictions and encourage employers to hire despite someone’s record. Another solution is the executive pardon, which has similar effects as the certificate of…

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