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Prison hoe squad, with field workers being supervised by correctional officers on horseback.
Illustration by Kathy Jane Hart

Hoe squad, also known as field squad, is McPherson Unit’s new chain gang, says Kathy Jane Hart, an artist incarcerated in Arkansas.

Disclaimer: The views in this article are those of the author. Prison Journalism Project has verified the writer’s identity and basic facts such as the names of institutions mentioned.

Kathy Jane Hart is a writer incarcerated in Arkansas.