The students at the Miami Youth Academy wrote these stories for their newspaper Titan Tribune, a collaboration by the facility, Miami-Dade County Public Schools and Exchange for Change, a Miami-based non-profit group that supports writing programs in youth commitment and adult correctional facilities. Students work on the paper in a journalism class taught by a retired journalism teacher. The writers are identified by their initials to protect their identities.
I’m feeling happy because I want to hold my daughter again. She’s standing up now and getting into everything.
Also, I haven’t seen my grandmother in a while so I’m looking forward to seeing them.
I felt alone ever since the visitation closed, but now that it is open again I’m anxious to see my family.
I am happy I got to see my mom for the first time in two months. The moment I saw her I started smiling and gave her a big hug. I can’t explain how good it felt to be with my mom.
I can’t wait to see the rest of my family, especially my uncle. I haven’t seen him in what feels like years.
All I know is that my time is going to be a lot easier with visitation.
I really look forward to seeing my family. This is such a great opportunity for me because I went a really long time without seeing my mom.
My mom caught COVID while I’ve been in detention and I only got to see her through a Zoom call. For my court appearance, she was in the hospital.
I’m glad I can finally see her again.
Disclaimer: The views in this article are those of the author. The Prison Journalism Project has verified the writer’s identity and basic facts such as the names of institutions mentioned. The work is lightly edited but has not been otherwise fact-checked.