Commodified Inequality: Racialized Harm to Children and Families in the Injustice Enterprise

Family Court Review, Vol. 61, Issue 2, April 2023, https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/share/author/VQJXPHR9BRQXPMIKEYHS?target=10.1111/fcre.12709

University of Baltimore School of Law Legal Studies Research Paper Forthcoming

45 Pages Posted: 4 Oct 2023

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Daniel L. Hatcher

University of Baltimore - School of Law

Date Written: April 2023

Abstract

This article addresses the systemic racialized harm of a vast injustice enterprise, with a focus on the symbiotic operations of agencies and justice systems monetizing vulnerable children and families, including the impact of contractual revenue schemes uncovered in my new book, Injustice, Inc. Our foundational justice systems are permeated by a history of racial injustice, and that history reverberates into factory-like operations that churn children and the poor into revenue. The revenue-generating mechanisms used by juvenile and family courts, prosecutors, probation departments, police, sheriffs, and detention facilities all draw the concerning historical connection—interlinked with the practices of child and family agencies—as the institutions abdicate their ethical and constitutional requirements in order to commodify inequality.

Suggested Citation

Hatcher, Daniel L., Commodified Inequality: Racialized Harm to Children and Families in the Injustice Enterprise (April 2023). Family Court Review, Vol. 61, Issue 2, April 2023, https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/share/author/VQJXPHR9BRQXPMIKEYHS?target=10.1111/fcre.12709, University of Baltimore School of Law Legal Studies Research Paper Forthcoming, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4591721 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.4591721

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