The Struggle to Stay Outside the Gates

A year has passed since TIME profiled ex-con Jean Sanders. A very hard year

Lying in bed late one night last spring, a few months after appearing in a TIME IN DEPTH story about the challenges facing ex-convicts, Jean Sanders evaluated his options. Compared with most men just out of prison, he had it all. After a year of scraping and pleading, he had moved out of a homeless shelter and into a rented room in Brooklyn, N.Y. He had apologized to his mother and grown daughters for his years of drug dealing and addiction, and despite a sense of foreboding, they had taken him back. He had finally found a job, as a gas-station...

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