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The Town That Turned Poverty Into a Prison Sentence


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The Town That Turned Poverty Into a Prison Sentence

Hannah Rappleye, Lisa Riordan Seville

At the single stoplight in Harpersville, Alabama, Debra Shoemaker Ford saw the police lights flash. On that January day in 2007, she steered her beat-up black Chevy Blazer into the parking lot, under the big red dot advertising Jack’s restaurant. The officer said she had a taillight out. He asked to see her license.