For Men in Prison, Child Support Becomes a Crushing Debt
Marshall Project
October 18, 2015

“Earl L. Harris did not owe child support when he was sent to prison in 1997 for selling marijuana. He now concedes that dealing drugs may have been a stupid move for a new father.

“But Harris, then 19, had grown up poor and dropped out of school, and the only legitimate work available to young, [B]lack men like him, he says, was a temp job without benefits.

“‘Nobody was hiring,’ he said. ‘I got into hustling because I wanted to support my baby.'”

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