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A growing list of costs are being passed on to inmates and their families. 

Urban News Service As incarceration rates continue to grow around the United States, the e enormous costs of some prison services are increasingly being paid by those who can least afford it the families of inmates. In 2001, when the DC Department of Corrections closed its notorious prison facility in Lorton, Virginia in 2001, Ulandis Forte, in prison for murder, was relocated to facilities far away from home, and family. His grandmother, Martha Wright, nearly blind and unable to travel, made frequent calls to prisons out of state in New Mexico, then Arizona, then Kentucky only to find herself deeply in hardship and debt due to exorbitant fees charged by the private companies contracted to provide prison phone services.

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News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. Dec. 2, 2016: Congratulations to Justice Lennox Campbell OD, Q.C. on his retirement from the Jamaican Judiciary and for his distinguished service to Jamaica on the Bench. Importantly, the learned Justice points to certain operational and capacity problems that have resulted in an overburdened Judiciary and the perception of an exceedingly slow Justice System, where “Justice delayed is often Justice denied.”

Doris Proctor remembers her fear 33 years ago as she sat behind her 17-year-old son, Terrance, as he was sentenced for participating in several armed robberies. Bernice Stewart, her mother and Terrance’s grandmother, sat with her. â€œI just kept praying,” said Doris Proctor, 68, of Grand Prairie, Texas. “My mother was praying. We were hoping that the judge would have mercy.”

When Monica Cooper walked into a smoke-filled room, it changed her life. She was a New York promotional model in 1998, when she worked an obscure event that she hardly remembers — except that men there smoked cigars. That occasion welcomed her into a culture in which few black women had ventured. It also inspired Cooper to launch a niche organization last year that meshes black women with cigars.

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