By Terry Parris Jr., ProPublica
Can you spend $ 1,439.28 for an early on design iPad? Some just who can’t pay for it do. In a few means, the predatory lending into poor that put America into a tailspin in 2006 has shifted to smaller things like iPads and couches. Rent-to-own shops can charge effective interest levels of greater than completely and avoid state usury rules by categorizing the purchases as “leases.” While the business is growing: the store that sells the $ 1,400 iPad (more than 72 months) at this time has actually 204 shops and desires to increase that number within the next three years. 2014 The Washington Post via @dabeard
Our consumer economic climate is polluting this town, virtually and politically. A $ 2.36-million bribe to a lowly city councilman in l . a . exurb of Moreno Valley generated an account of just how our customer economic climate of “two-day shipping, click-to-ship, and get-it-on-your-doorstep-by-noon-tomorrow” includes a cost “paid because of the people just who live in the shadows associated with mega-warehouses.” That price is “lung-stunting, cancer-causing pollution and, in many cases, governmental corruption.” 2014 BuzzFeed
Bad proof and blunders place an innocent 17-year-old in prison for 20 years. “We made some decisions which were bad choices,” stated Bill Hackathorn, certainly one of Michelle Murphy’s protection lawyers. “we knew all along the most innocent individual I ever represented got found guilty because I wasn’t sufficient.” The Tulsa World’s two-part series examines Oklahoma’s flawed prosecution of Murphy for the murder of her son or daughter.2014 Tulsa World via @caryaspinwall
If inmate doesn’t perish in prison, it willn’t show up on prison moves. In Orleans Parish Prison, seven inmates have actually died after released from custody, “an deliberate circumvention of this general public reporting demands for in-custody fatalities,” according to critics. Some of these deaths were classified as “natural factors,” but there is however a deeper tale right here. All-natural triggers don’t imply the deaths weren’t preventable, which is “why thorough reviews after deaths are important to find out whether the root cause associated with the demise had been anything fixable, like increasing CPR response times or changing medication administration guidelines.” 2014 The Times-Picayune via @NaomiMartin
Pyramid schemes tend to be unlawful but multi-level marketing companies aren’t. Herbalife is one of those MLMs. This business’s “nutrition-club system” recruits visitors to buy then try to sell its tasting nutritional shakes. Critics state the business “targets bad, often-uneducated Latinos, a lot of who you live in the united kingdom illegally.” This multi-part show looks at multilevel advertising companies, pyramid schemes and also the communities that gravitate to them. 2014 Al Jazeera via @laurarenamurray @sonipaul
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