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Beth Schwartzapfel, American Progress
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Sandra Amritt, a cook for the Onslow County Jail, prepares a tray for the day's lunch Oct. 22, 2007, in Onslow County, Jacksonville, N.C. AP Photo/The Daily News, Don Bryan
Laurie Hazen has bad taste in men. “They’re my downfall,” the 41-year-old jokes in her Massachusetts accent. “I have to really stay single.” An ex-boyfriend first introduced her to prescription drugs, she says, a habit she maintained through the course of another relationship, with another addict, and through two stints in prison, most recently in 2012 for writing fake prescriptions.
When she arrived at the Massachusetts Correctional Institution in Framingham, Hazen left behind a job as a records manager for a fiber-optics company. Her $14-an-hour salary had covered food, utilities, and rent on the modest apartment she shared with her boyfriend and her teenage son. She would have been putting some money away, too, if her paycheck hadn’t also been covering the couple’s drug habit. As it was, like many inmates, she went to prison with no savings and, because her boyfriend was locked up too, had no one on the outside to send her money. Her son went to live with his dad.
Beth Schwartzapfel is a freelance journalist living in Boston. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Mother Jones, The Nation, and other publications.
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