Slowly but surely, Allen Jones was getting acclimated to life on Rikers Island. Once again, as on the streets, basketball was his path to acceptance. Jones was a boy in a world of men, but now he had won some mentors and protectors. When Jones went down for his second court hearing in the Bronx, he felt a strange combination of emotions. It was a sunny morning, and he was happy to be out and about and doing something different. The judge hearing his case charged him with five armed robberies and possession of a deadly weapon, just as the probation officer had predicted. Because there was no way his family could make that bail, he would have to stay on Rikers for ninety court days before being called back for another hearing. This chapter further describes Jones's final judgment day and freedom from the jailhouse.
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