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Personal Narrative: Tina Marie Phares

Tina Marie Phares is a 47 year old mother of one who resides in Arkansas. She has an associate’s degree and previously worked as an accounts manager. Over the past 12 years, Ms. Phares’s toddler son died, her father died, her husband was involved in an accident that left him hospitalized in an induced coma for a year, and she endured a difficult divorce. She turned to drugs. Ms. Phares was convicted of failure to pay nine times and sentenced to 30 days in jail seven times. She entered a treatment program in 2017 and is now drug-free. In 2018, Ms. Phares completed three months of temporary work, bringing home her first paycheck since her son died. She still owes $15000 in court debt. No inquiry was ever made as to her ability to pay.

Related: Mahoney et al. v. Derrick

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