Injustice, Inc. exposes the ways in which justice systems exploit America's history of racial and economic inequality to generate revenue on a massive scale. With searing legal analysis, Daniel L. Hatcher uncovers how courts, prosecutors, police, probation departments, and detention facilities are abandoning ethics to churn vulnerable children and adults into unconstitutional factory-like operations.
Hatcher reveals stark details of revenue schemes and reflects on the systemic racialized harm of the injustice enterprise. He details how these corporatized institutions enter contracts to make money removing children from their homes, extort fines and fees, collaborate with debt collectors, seize property, incentivize arrests and evictions, enforce unpaid child labor, maximize occupancy in detention and "treatment" centers, and more. Injustice, Inc. underscores the need to unravel these predatory operations, which have escaped public scrutiny for too long.
"Once again, Daniel Hatcher powerfully exposes how government systems operate an extractive poverty industry motivated by profit rather than justice. This eye-opening book is essential for understanding carceral system mechanics and for working to halt them."—Dorothy Roberts, author of Torn Apart: How the Child Welfare System Destroys Black Families—And How Abolition Can Build a Safer World
Daniel L. Hatcher is Professor of Law at the University of Baltimore where he teaches a Civil Advocacy Clinic in which law students represent low-income clients. He is author of Injustice, Inc.: How America's Justice System Commodifies Children and the Poor (UC Press) and The Poverty Industry: The Exploitation of America's Most Vulnerable Citizens (NYU Press). A former Maryland Legal Aid and Children's Defense Fund attorney, Hatcher has long been a scholar, advocate, and teacher on poverty and justice.
Shanta Trivedi is an assistant professor of law and faculty director of the Sayra and Neil Meyerhoff Center for Families, Children and the Courts (CFCC) at the University of Baltimore School of Law. She previously represented parents in Brooklyn who are embroiled in the child welfare system and as a result of that experience writes about state-sanctioned family separation focusing on issues related to race, poverty and gender.