How much is thirty dollars per month worth to the average American? For many, it is not much—it can be the cost of a streaming subscription or a ticket to a baseball game. For others, however, thirty dollars is the cost of freedom from incarceration. In January 2019, Randall Graves failed to meet the conditions of his probation, which required that he pay a monthly intervention fee of thirty dollars to the Department of Corrections instead of serving his six-year prison sentence. To some, thirty dollars may not be worth much, but to Graves, it was a metric of freedom.



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