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May 11, 2012
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Mother’s Day behind bars

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By Lucy Nicholson

The children bounded off the bus and ran excitedly towards a tall fence topped with razor wire. In the distance, through layers of fencing overlooked by a guard tower, huddled a group of mothers in baggy blue prison-issue clothes, pointing, waving and gasping. Many had not seen their children in over a year.

Frank Martinez jumped up and down, shrieking with delight. “Stay right there Mommy,” he yelled. “Don’t cry.” As the children disappeared into a building to be searched and x-rayed, a couple of the mothers began sobbing.

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    • About Lucy

      "I'm based in Los Angeles, and cover news, sport, & feature assignments. I was born in London, and was previously based in Northern Ireland, Chile, and Mexico City. You can view my portfolio at www.lucynicholson.com, and my blog at blog.lucynicholson.com. My multimedia video 'Homegirl cafe' was a 2011 Webby Awards honoree for Documentary: Individual Episode http://reut.rs/a4t9UC Twitter: lucy_nicholson"
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