9 Terrifying Stories of Injustice from Matt Taibbi's New Book, 'The Divide'

May 9, 2014

In his new book, The Divide: American Injustice in the Age of the Wealth Gap, Matt Taibbi takes a look at the growing problem of inequality in the justice system. Taibbi shows, through many examples, that the way justice works in the United States is divided pretty starkly between the wealthy and successful (and mostly white) and the rest of the country. The system assumes that wealthy Americans are innocent, even when they commit crimes, and their punishments are either nonexistent or minor. Poorer Americans, on the other hand, are assumed to be guilty and face harassment and punishment well beyond their crimes, particularly when coupled with the treatment the rich get.

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