Life After Prison: ‘You’ve Got to Crawl Before You Walk’

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When Lorenzo Brooks arrived for his first shift at a homeless shelter in New York City’s Washington Heights neighborhood, in late December, he tried swiping his ID card three times before he managed to clock in with the help of a coworker.

He was beginning his first full-time job after 30 years in prison.

“I wasn’t used to swiping a card,” recalls Lorenzo, 60, who now works as a program aide in charge of security at the Fort Washington Men’s Shelter . . .

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