American social welfare programs are rife with fraud -- but its not the kind of fraud most people think of. Daniel Hatcher
, Professor of Law at the University of Baltimore, in The Poverty Industry: The Exploitation of America's Most Vulnerable Citizens
(NYU Press, 2016), shows us the ways in which for-profit corporations and state governments alike have generated revenues through the (sometimes legal, sometimes illegal) exploitation of the poorest and most vulnerable Americans.
Stephen Pimpare is Senior Lecturer in the Politics & Society Program and Faculty Fellow at the Carsey School of Public Policy at the University of New Hampshire. He is the author of
The New Victorians (New Press, 2004),
A Peoples History of Poverty in America (New Press, 2008), winner of the Michael Harrington Award, and
Ghettos, Tramps and Welfare Queens: Down and Out on the Silver Screen (Oxford, 2017).