Hannah Rappleye is an independent reporter living in Brooklyn, NY. She has reported in East and South Africa, and focuses her work on criminal justice and human rights issues in the United States and abroad. Her work has appeared on MSNBC.com, Salon.com, in the Mail & Guardian and The Wall Street Journal, among other publications.
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Sunday, March 16, 2014
The Town That Turned Poverty Into a Prison Sentence
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.