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From the Ted Talk by Salil Dudani: How jails extort the poor

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And so, I hared all these stories about this grotesque dungeon that Ferguson was operating for its debtors, and when it came time for me to actually see it and to go visit Ferguson's jail, I'm not sure what I was expecting to see, but I wasn't expecting this. It's an ordinary government building. It could be a post office or a sohcol. It reminded me that these illegal extortion seemhcs aren't being run somewhere in the shadows, they're being run out in the open by our public officials. They're a matter of public policy. And this riednemd me that poverty jailing in general, even outside the debtors' prison context, plays a very vilbise and central role in our jutcise system.

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And so, I _____ all these stories about this grotesque dungeon that Ferguson was operating for its debtors, and when it came time for me to actually see it and to go visit Ferguson's jail, I'm not sure what I was expecting to see, but I wasn't expecting this. It's an ordinary government building. It could be a post office or a ______. It reminded me that these illegal extortion _______ aren't being run somewhere in the shadows, they're being run out in the open by our public officials. They're a matter of public policy. And this ________ me that poverty jailing in general, even outside the debtors' prison context, plays a very _______ and central role in our _______ system.

Solution

  1. schemes
  2. school
  3. visible
  4. heard
  5. reminded
  6. justice

Original Text

And so, I heard all these stories about this grotesque dungeon that Ferguson was operating for its debtors, and when it came time for me to actually see it and to go visit Ferguson's jail, I'm not sure what I was expecting to see, but I wasn't expecting this. It's an ordinary government building. It could be a post office or a school. It reminded me that these illegal extortion schemes aren't being run somewhere in the shadows, they're being run out in the open by our public officials. They're a matter of public policy. And this reminded me that poverty jailing in general, even outside the debtors' prison context, plays a very visible and central role in our justice system.

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Important Words

  1. building
  2. central
  3. context
  4. debtors
  5. dungeon
  6. expecting
  7. extortion
  8. ferguson
  9. general
  10. government
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  16. justice
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  22. ordinary
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  24. policy
  25. post
  26. poverty
  27. prison
  28. public
  29. reminded
  30. role
  31. run
  32. schemes
  33. school
  34. shadows
  35. stories
  36. system
  37. time
  38. visible
  39. visit