Kevin Brooks hopes he won’t have to go to a homeless shelter. In 1999, Mr. Brooks and four others were convicted of murder, and he was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison. Now 52, more mature and remorseful, he has a clean disciplinary record and a bachelor’s degree. He believes he has a good shot at getting out after he appears before the parole board in January 2024. He’s less confident about where he’ll live. Before Mr. Brooks went away, he was living with his newborn daughter and girlfriend in a three-bedroom apartment in a brownstone in Crown Heights that rented for about $800 a month. Today the space would go for more than $3,000 a month. The average rent in Manhattan is $4,200, in Brooklyn it’s about $3,700. So next year around this time, Mr. Brooks figures he is likely to join thousands of other formerly incarcerated people who will leave prison and have nowhere to live. Among all releases to community supervision in New York state during 2021 (not just those … [Read more...] about How Do People Released From Prison Find Housing?
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Traces of Montana Oil Spill Are Found in Drinking Water
HELENA, Mont. — Work crews burrowed through thick ice and set up containment booms Tuesday in a struggle to vacuum up 50,000 gallons of oil that spilled into the Yellowstone River from a ruptured pipeline, contaminating drinking water. The 12-inch steel pipeline, which burst Saturday morning near Glendive, Mont., about 400 miles east of here, sent light crude oil flowing downstream as far as the confluence with the Missouri River, 60 miles away in North Dakota. Health officials warned people not to use tap water in Glendive and surrounding towns after traces of benzene from the leak were found in a water treatment plant. Gov. Steve Bullock visited the area on Monday and declared a state of emergency for Dawson and Richland Counties. The Bridger Pipeline Company, which operates the line, has shut it down, company officials said. The line is part of a system that passes across eastern Montana from the Canadian border. Federal officials have said short-term exposure to the … [Read more...] about Traces of Montana Oil Spill Are Found in Drinking Water
A SoulCycle Instructor Got the Vaccine as an ‘Educator’
For Stacey Griffith, a New York City-based SoulCycle instructor whose highly sought-after spin classes are often studded with celebrities, securing a vaccine dose was simple enough: She filled out some paperwork, and on Friday made the hour drive from Manhattan to a coronavirus vaccination site on Staten Island. But after posting on Instagram about her vaccination — and telling a reporter from The Daily Beast that her role as a fitness instructor made her eligible for the vaccine as an educator — Ms. Griffith quickly became the subject of a ferocious backlash. On social media, commenters questioned how a famously fit 52-year-old was able to secure a place in line ahead of essential workers and at-risk seniors. Almost immediately, Ms. Griffith, who has since apologized, appeared to become the latest example of a wealthy or well-connected person gaining improper access to scarce vaccine doses. The outcry came as officials across the nation struggle to respond to racial and … [Read more...] about A SoulCycle Instructor Got the Vaccine as an ‘Educator’