Poor white Americans’ current crisis shouldn’t have caught the rest of the country as off guard as it has. Text version is published here: http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2016/09/the-original-underclass/492731/
When DNA evidence exonerated two men convicted in a 1987 murder, one took his chances on a retrial to overturn his conviction. The other accepted a special deal from prosecutors and left prison immediately—as a convicted murderer.
Read text edition here: https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/1857/11/what-does-an-innocent-man-have-to-do-to-go-free-plead-guilty/539001/