Concluding that a New York City Housing Authority policy to evict tenants for even minor criminal acts encourages homelessness and substitutes jails for public housing, a Manhattan judge has overturned the eviction of a man ordered removed from his apartment based on his convictions for turnstile jumping.

In a decision citing statistics on the link between homelessness and criminality, Supreme Court Justice Emily Jane Goodman ruled that Ricky Faison was denied a fair hearing, and that the Housing Authority had used the wrong standard in rejecting his tenancy.

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