"Political and social critic and author Jacqueline S. Homan gives an eye-opening account of the brutal life of poverty on America's margins from firsthand experience in a class-biased society that hates the underclass it created.
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While welfare and subsidized housing was cut for the poor, spending for incarceration burgeoned. Public spending for the prison industry went from $33 billion in 1990 to $216 billion in 2010, an increase of 660%. The largest increase in incarceration rates for the poor happened under Clinton's watch when "welfare as we know it" ended. During the 1990's the federal corrections budget increased by $19 billion while the federal budget for subsidized housing under HUD was slashed by $17 billion. A nation that discards its poor to "balance the budget" for more money than it costs to help the poor does not practice the "personal responsibility" it preaches. Our society really hates the poor and will spend money to destroy the poor before spending that same amount to help the poor. This was done in the name of "law and order" as poverty itself was criminalized.
 James Carroll, "The Prison Boom Comes Home to Roost", The Boston Globe, November 8th 2010
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