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Think Debtors Prisons Are a Thing of the Past? Not in Mississippi. | The Marshall Project

A few years ago, I read slave narratives to explore the lives of black agricultural workers after the end of the Civil War. JACKSON, Miss.—During her shifts at a Church’s Chicken, Annita Husband looked like the other employees. She wore the same blue and red polo shirt, greeted the same customers and slung the same fried chicken and biscuits. But after clocking out, Husband, a mother in her 40s, had to wait for a white van with barred windows and the seal of the Mississippi Department of Corrections on its sides. It delivered her to the Flowood Restitution Center, a […]

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