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Children play outside a prison wall, under the watch of a guard tower.
Illustration by Fred Lowe

This piece is dedicated to the children who are being deprived of visitation privileges to see their parents during the COVID-19 pandemic.

These young children — always playful — show their frustration too, because they miss their mother or father but are unable to understand the reasons for the COVID restrictions affecting prisons across the United States.

Disclaimer: The views in this article are those of the author. Prison Journalism Project has verified the writer’s identity and basic facts such as the names of institutions mentioned.

Fred Lowe is an artist and writer incarcerated in California.