Why do we jail people for being poor? Why are they imprisoned? Today, half a million Americans are in jail only because they can’t afford to post bail, and still more are locked up because they can’t pay their debt to the court, sometimes for things as minor as unpaid parking tickets. Salil Dudani shares stories from individuals who have experienced debtors’ prison in Ferguson, Missouri, challenging us to think differently about how we punish the poor and marginalized. The imprisoned are the concern of someone who says #IamVincent.
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- Last year was the Year of Mercy. Did you visit the imprisoned?
- Are you concerned about the system of incarceration and its effects?