To better understand the relationship between criminal injustice system and the people of Ferguson read this article and consider this fact: three warrants are issued per household each year in Ferguson primarily for extremely minor offenses, fines are charged that people are frequently unable to pay, and all for the financial benefit of the system itself. Residents are trapped in a closed circuit of perpetual marginality, cycling in and out of courtrooms and jail cells and back again. If this were the only thing wrong with the system in Ferguson, it would be reason enough for the outrage and protests we've seen. Michelle Alexander
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