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Peter Manuel

Good comments by everyone, about how much harder so many things are for the poor–getting credit etc, and something like a stint in jail, even for a few weeks, can be disastrous. My daughters each rented apartments in Brooklyn for a while, and I was amazed at all they had to provide–advance payments, documentation of job, of bank account with savings, previous recommendations etc–how could a poor person ever qualify for a rental? One daughter now works with ppl released from prison, who have no family, no job, no ID card of any sort (!), no place to live, no money — how are they possibly supposed to start a new life?