Loved ones

This story was told by a person incarcerated at Avenal.

UCI: How has the COVID-19 situation affected your loved ones?

Caller: Me personally, I mean, I just had a son before this COVID-19 happened and I haven’t seen him.


Like my last visit was the end of February.

UCI: Mm-hmm.

Caller: I haven’t had visits from my loved ones, my son. Even though I get to talk to him on the phone, you know, almost daily. But I think him growing up, because he just turned two, but I haven’t seen him since March.

I think that’s the hardest part for me and for them. And who knows when they’re going to restart visits again because, you know, we hear different rumors here and there, but nothing –

UCI: And what has it been like for you to have reduced visitations and programming?

Caller: Like I say, I get pictures, phone calls, and things like that, but not being able hug your –

UCI: See them?

Caller: – that’s pretty difficult; you know?