DUI: The Scarlet Letters of Our Time
You are a young woman, a productive member of society. One day you drink a few beers and drive. You are stopped by a policeman.
Tent City: No Summer Camp
You are a middle-class offender, so the law comes down hard and sends you to prison. Tent City in the summer is as fetid, repressive, and scorching-hot as any POW camp.
Total Cost: More than you can afford
Legal bills, endless fines, a malfunctioning interlock device … You are broke, humiliated, and everyone in your new social circle has a criminal record. Is this a recipe for reform?
Ever since Tent City was established in 1993, this jail in Maricopa, Arizona, has been making headlines. Destination Tent City, AZ chronicles a two-year period of a young woman’s life after she, like so many people, makes the fateful decision to drink and drive. This “as told to” account of the practical and psychological repercussions of receiving a DUI should give readers pause the next time they decide to drive away from happy hour.
Especially if they happen to be in Arizona.