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Jessica Broughman (pictured with her daughter, Aubrey) served time in Rankin County Detention Center from 2018 to 2021. She enrolled in the “trusty” program and later in the work-release program, eventually buying a 2009 Honda Fit for $5,000 after leaving the jail in August 2021. Photo courtesy Jessica Broughman

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