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Coronavirus July 30
As COVID-19 spread earlier this year, prison facilities across the country suspended visits from family and lawyers. Several months into the pandemic, some states are easing those restrictions. We’re rounding up the changes as they occur.
M., 23, stands in the room she has prepared for her daughter at her home in Massachusetts in March of 2021. Since her newborn daughter was placed in foster care, M. has been forced to bond with her primarily through Zoom.
Coronavirus April 14
During the pandemic, video chats replaced in-person visits between parents and their children placed in foster care. The effects could linger for years.
Detainees eat lunch at the Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention facility in Florence, Ariz., on Feb. 28, 2013.
Life Inside November 25, 2020
Between being sober, getting a visit and having a surprise feast with the mean girls in my unit, I still cherish that day.
The System November 13, 2020
Sure, prisons and jails are dangerous places. But everyday life inside isn’t as explosive as TV and movies make it look.
Life Inside June 18, 2020
Growing up with a father who was incarcerated didn’t define me. But it certainly taught me to challenge stereotypes and ask better questions.
Life Inside June 4, 2020
Visiting my son in jail for the first time, I know that I cannot protect him. Although he is too young to drink, the criminal justice system regards him as an adult.
News December 18, 2019
Remote prison towns and strict visitation policies make it hard to stay in touch.
Donisha, left, with her daughter, Mayal, at Folsom Women's Facility.
Commentary May 10, 2019
Nonprofits in a handful of states provide transportation to help children visit their imprisoned parents. Now New York may revive a state-funded free busing program.
Life Inside May 9, 2019
“I’ve seen disasters averted because an inmate said these simple words: 'What would your mother think?'”
The visitation room of the Kinross Correctional Facility in Michigan.
Looking Back April 9, 2019
It’s been nearly 25 years since Michigan adopted a controversial visitation policy. Families have been fighting it ever since.