Dispatches: BACK ON THE CHAIN GANG

BACK ON THE CHAIN GANG

Alabama's first chain gang in decades does not yet know the drill. On a lonely stretch of highway near the Alabama-Tennessee border, guards and bloodhounds look on as 320 convicts from the Limestone Correctional Facility try to negotiate the tricky business of walking in unison while shackled. Clad in immaculate white uniforms (emblazoned with the words chain gang lest anyone mistake them for pastry chefs), the men are equipped with a variety of tools and not quite sure whether they should be trimming, digging or picking up litter. One makes a desultory attempt to start up a work song, but no...

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