Back to life on the outside

Lionel Ford left jail on July 1 after a five-month sentence, with a cheque for $350 in his pocket and a ride from his patched mates to a block of state houses on Old Farm Rd in Hamilton, where he stays as he tries to get his things in order.  

“It’s pretty out of it,” says Ford, looking around the streets at the majority of houses that are now boarded up, “because these places were full the last time I was here”.

That was before he went to jail.