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[Carl Dukes] Inspires [Individuals With Justice Involvement] As They Reach End of Sentences

When Carl Dukes was released from prison after more than 30 years behind bars, he had no idea what to do next.

He spent his first few months of freedom in two of the city’s most dangerous and rundown shelters and desperately tried to find a job.┬áNow, Dukes, 74, wakes each day at the crack of dawn and makes his way to the Long Island City, Queens, headquarters of the Fortune Society, an organization that helps formerly [incarcerated individuals].

He grabs a handful of letters from a plastic bucket on the main floor and brings them up to his office. Dukes, who lives at Fortune’s permanent supportive-housing building known as Castle Gardens, reads each letter carefully.

They come from prisons in New York and throughout the country. They typically ask about job opportunities, housing ideas, free book services and legal assistance.

Dukes proudly responds to each using a set of 15 templates he created and constantly updates.

“It’s my way of giving back to those in need,” he said.

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