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Blind Man Getting Out of Prison Faces Drop Off in Bronx Then Bellevue Shelter He Tells SDNY

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SDNY COURTHOUSE, Jan 4 – Anthony Medina is getting out of jail and he is worried. On January 8 he is scheduled to be drive to and dropped at a probation office on Lincoln Avenue in the South Bronx, supposed to them report to Bellevue Men's Shelter.   He is blind. 

   On January 4 U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Judge Vernon S. Broderick held a lengthy proceeding. Inner City Press covered it. 

 First, Judge Broderick dealt with trying to have Medina's backpack waiting for him at the probation office, Bronx II.

NYS Attorney General's Office lawyer James Cooney said there was only so much he could do.  

Medina explained that when he went to jail the city's MTA was still using token. He doesn't know how to get a MetroCard at one of the computers, he said. Cooney said the government cannot pay to have a Probation squad car at Medina's disposal.

  Medina explained he has money to rent an apartment, but does not want to pay taxi (or Uber) rates to go to all of the appointments.

He has three times been hit be cars, he said, and lost his sight while in custody.   Judge Broderick kept asking questions, including about the government's duty to accomodate Medina's disability and provide for appropriate housing.

The case is Medina v. NYS Division of Parole et al., 20-cv-3763 (Broderick)


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