Sandy Huffaker/ Special to The Bee

Eddie Pace III talks about his life while in prison to volunteers during a meeting last month with members of Lighthouse at the Salvation Army in San Diego. The city has among the largest homeless populations nationwide and with the planned release of thousands of inmates from the state’s overcrowded prison system, homeless advocates fear the problem will only worsen. An unusual ritual on Thursday nights at the Salvation Army’s Centre City Corps aims to both help at-risk youths and those just released from prison.

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