How America's Criminal Justice System Traps Low-Level Offenders

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As I sat across from the correctional officer, I wondered if I'd been granted a bond. I was being processed for general population at the Chatham County Detention Center in Savannah, Georgia, and worried I wouldn't be going home any time soon.

The fear came divided: Would I be granted a bond, and if I was, could I afford to pay for my bail? This wasn't my first time in trouble—my youth had been turbulent at best. But this trouble was more...

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