“I Want to See my Child.” Juvenile Detention Centers Cut Visits Over COVID-19 Fears

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This story originally appeared on The Marshall Project. It has been republished with permission.

Students at the Travis Hill School inside of the Orleans Justice Center in New Orleans, in 2018. (Edmund D. Fountain / The Marshall Project)

Ophelia Davis, of Columbia, South Carolina, says she doesn’t know if she’ll see her grandson again. That’s not just because she’s in the demographic most vulnerable to the coronavirus—she’s 67, has an autoimmune disease and is currently struggling with a cough that she thinks is just the pollen. It’s also that her grandson is in juvenile detention, and as has been happening across the country, the jail where he’s confined has indefinitely ended all visits between families and their children.

Davis’s grandson was 14 when he was arrested late last year for allegedly participating in a crime with a group of boys she had…

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