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Want Out of Jail? First You Have to Take a Fast Food Job.

Anna Wolfe and Michelle Liu Mississippi Today
To pay off fines and other debts, inmates in Mississippi’s little-known restitution centers must work grueling low-wage jobs, pay rent and endure strip searches. Caught between prison and freedom, they often don’t know when they’ll get to go home.

They Loan You Money. Then They Get a Warrant for Your Arrest.

Anjali Tsui ProPublica
dollar bill with handcuffs High-interest loan companies are using Utah’s small claims courts to arrest borrowers and take their bail money. Technically, the warrants are issued for missing court hearings. For many, that’s a distinction without a difference.

The Long History of Debt Cancellation

Olivia Schwob Boston Review
Moral thinking about debt has fluctuated throughout U.S. history. Today’s calls for cancellation suggest it may be poised for transformation once again.

My $200,000 Debt Should Not Disqualify Me for Governor of Georgia

Stacey Abrams Fortune
I am in debt, but not alone. Debt is a millstone that weighs down more than three-quarters of us. It can determine if we are able to run for office, launch a business, or quit a job we hate. It should not—and cannot—be a disqualification for ambition
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