Portrait Of An Aging Ex-Convict’s Tough Life


What is life really like for a prisoner trying to re-enter society? St. Louis Post-Dispatch columnist Bill McClellan tells the story of Torrence Epps, 66. McClellan asked yesterday if he were happy to be out of prison; Epps shook his head. Released this summer on murder and other charges, Epps was given $20 and a bus ticket to St. Louis.

Epps is a diabetic; in prison, he was given medication. Now he’s on his own. H’s on Social Security Disability ($564 a month.) McClellan says: “It’s probably not going to be a problem paying for his prescription drugs. It’s just a question of having to take care of these things himself. He seems a little bit desperate.” He has now found a place to live, but it ws difficult: “Everybody asks for a record check. Nobody wants to rent to a man with Epps’ record.”

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