Life After Prison: The Journey Home

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The old strip mall across the street from Lorenzo Brooks’ childhood home in Norfolk, Va. was torn down long ago and replaced by a modern shopping complex. Nearby, Booker T. Washington High School, where he played football and basketball, has been leveled and rebuilt into a bigger version of itself.

Along the waterfront of the port city, tall buildings form a skyline that Lorenzo—returning to his hometown after 30 years in prison—had never seen before.

Amid the unfamiliar . . .

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