Donella Harriel is still incarcerated for reasons that illustrate the tangled relationship between federal and state jurisdictions on mandatory minimum sentencing.
The success and growing interest in income-sharing communities suggests that at least some Americans can make the leap of faith.
Gregg Levine is a contributor to Truthout and the former managing editor of Firedoglake. For more of his work, please visit his site, capitoilette. Follow Gregg on Twitter: @GreggJLevine.