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Old 12-17-2019, 04:03 PM
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Default How Families Cope with the Hidden Costs of Incarceration for the Holidays

How Families Cope with the Hidden Costs of Incarceration for the Holidays

"Every month, Telita Hayes adds nearly $200 to the commissary account for her ex-husband, William Reese, who has been in the Louisiana State Penitentiary for 28 years.

Each prisoner there is given three meals a day and some personal hygiene items, like soap and toothpaste. But when Mr. Reese gets hungry between meals, or when his state-issued supplies run out, the commissary money buys him extra food and other necessities.

That is not the only way his imprisonment drains her wallet. On top of the $2,161 she has put in his commissary account so far this year, Ms. Hayes has paid $3,586 in charges for talking to him on the phone when she cannot make the hourlong drive to the prison, and even $419 for emails sent through the prisonís email system."

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/12/17/u...YciQsd-4ZUG9PE
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