Lisa Riordan Seville is a reporter based in Brooklyn, NY. Her work has appeared on MSNBC.com, Salon.com, The Daily Beast and The Crime Report, among other publications.
After extensive lobbying, the private probation industry is poised to wield ever more power over Georgia’s debtors.
Most states shut down their debtors’ prisons more than 100 years ago; in 2005, Harpersville, Alabama, opened one back up.
As HB 87 scared away the immigrants who worked its fields, officials in Irwin County, Georgia, scrambled to fill the local detention center, the area’s biggest employer.