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Prisoner Accumulation of Debt, Unemployment, and Tax Increment Financing

In Debtors' Prison””Prisoners' Accumulation of Debt as a Barrier to Reentry, CLASP and Brennan Center authors outline how financial penalties and the application of unrealistic child support rules undermines post-prison rehabilitation, undercuts long-term support for the children themselves, and prevents reintegration into society.

As Congress debates additional money for states to extend unemployment benefits, the Economic Policy Institute highlights that while current unemployment is lower than during the last recession, the actual number of long-term unemployed today who have exhausted benefits, 1.4 million workers, is actually HIGHER than in 2002, and the number of long-term unemployed is projected to increase to 1.9 million by the end of 2008.

Tax Increment Financing (TIFs) were originally developed as a tool for revitalizing inner-city urban areas, but have increasingly evolved into tax subsidies for suburban malls and sprawl-- and threaten to devastate local funding for local social services, according to an analysis by Good Jobs First.