The Poverty Industry by Daniel L. Hatcher
The Exploitation of America's Most Vulnerable Citizens (Families, Law, and Society)

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Government aid doesn’t always go where it’s supposed to. Foster care agencies team up with companies to take disability and survivor benefits from abused and neglected children. States and their revenue consultants use illusory schemes to siphon Medicaid funds intended for children and the poor into general state coffers. Child support payments for foster children and families on public assistance are converted into government revenue. And the poverty industry keeps expanding, leaving us with nursing homes and juvenile detention centers that sedate residents to reduce costs and maximize profit, local governments buying nursing homes to take the facilities’ federal aid while the elderly languish with poor care, and counties hiring companies to mine the poor for additional funds in modern day debtor’s prisons. In The Poverty Industry, Daniel L. Hatcher shows us how state governments and their private industry partners are profiting from the social safety net, turning America’s most vulnerable populations into sources of revenue. The poverty industry is stealing billions in federal aid and other funds from impoverished families, abused and neglected children, and the disabled and elderly poor. As policy experts across the political spectrum debate how to best structure government assistance programs, a massive siphoning of the safety net is occurring behind the scenes.In the face of these abuses of power, Hatcher offers a road map for reforms to realign the practices of human service agencies with their intended purpose, to prevent the misuse of public taxpayer dollars, and to ensure that government aid truly gets to those in need. 

About Daniel L. Hatcher

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Daniel L. Hatcher is Professor of Law at the University of Baltimore.
Published June 21, 2016 by NYU Press. 288 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference, Law & Philosophy. Non-fiction

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Poverty is here painted as an industry that, like the defense industry, has an iron triangle. As explored by Hatcher (law, Univ. of Baltimore), it depicts revenue maximization services and contingency fees that decrease the funds from the federal government that go to helping children and the poo...

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