Life After Prison: Opting In or Opting Out

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Lorenzo Brooks pays $215 per month for a medium-sized, shared room at the Fortune Society in New York City’s Harlem neighborhood. When he first came to the reentry support organization, in October—just weeks out of prison after serving 30 years for second-degree murder—he lived in a room with four other men, but seniority and good behavior have earned him more privacy.

Now he only has one roommate. If he keeps up the good work—and . . .

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