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‘Jail Is for the Birds. No One Belongs There.’ – New York Times


Adalid DeJesus was trapped in the revolving door of drug rehabilitation, but one day, he said, he realized it was “time to grow up, time to live my life.”

Katherine Taylor for The New York Times

Adalid DeJesus does not remember a lot about his childhood, but he knows this much: It was not a happy time for his family. “It was rough. It was bad,” he said.

Mr. DeJesus arrived in New York with his parents when he was 2, leaving the mountainous town of Utuado in Puerto Rico for a neighborhood in Brooklyn. They came in search of a better life, but all he remembers are disagreements between his parents and the presence of drugs.

As he grew up, Mr. DeJesus saw drug runners from his apartment window and drug users in his building’s hallways, a temptation right outside…

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