Less than a day out of jail, one of the first things former state representative Carlos Henriquez did at his Dorchester home was to watch a historic video clip, the one of his fellow legislators expelling him from the chamber earlier this year.
The experience, Henriquez said in his first interview since he was released on parole Wednesday, was “a little surreal.”
So is much of life for the former lawmaker as he makes the transition from a jail cell back to the community he represented on Beacon Hill for more than three years. He was convicted of two misdemeanor assault charges in January and expelled by his colleagues in February,
Speaking by telephone from his home Thursday, he maintained his innocence and said he was considering another run for public office. He explained that the experience of being incarcerated had reaffirmed, in the most profound way, his belief that the state is not doing enough to reduce the number of people who end up in jail and to rehabilitate those who do.
“It’s only been a glimpse — and I don’t want a longer glimpse — of what incarcerated” people experience, he said.
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