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Poverty in Charlotte: 'It Was Never Okay'

Article documenting the cycle of poverty as it relates to the economic burdens of incarceration through the perspective of a family in North Carolina.

From the Charlotte Magazine Article:

A working mother fights to give her kids a better life in a city where that’s next to impossible

When she comes home from work tonight, Toreasera “Kisha” Dawkins knows two things will happen: Her three daughters will be waiting for her, and her husband will call from prison. 

She knows this as she finishes her nine-hour shift behind the cash register at the Mighty Midget Mart gas station on Albermarle Road. She knows this as she walks outside, wearing jeans and a red Shell T-shirt, her long, dark hair streaked with blond and pulled into a side ponytail. She knows this as she pops the hood of her faded green 2003 Dodge Grand Caravan. Read More.