A little more than a year ago, Michael Mathis sat in a Bibb County courtroom afraid he would be sent to jail.
The father of a teenage son, Mathis hadn’t paid his court-ordered child support in at least a year.
Although he’d graduated from high school and taken some college classes, Mathis had trouble finding work. He was depressed and frustrated.
He’d only recently been hired to work in a local farmer’s market booth, paid cash out of a man’s pocket.
That day in December 2015, he had $100 in his pocket.
He had to pay $75 of it.
“I was sweating,” Mathis, 45, recently told a Telegraph reporter….
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