visiting jail

We recently did a long-form story about what it's like to have a loved one in jail. We focused a lot on visitation, and the rules and regulations of the security there, and what it's like to only be able to see someone for 15 minutes once a week. Inmates and visitors can be seen on both sides of the glass in the visitation room at Middle River Correctional Jail on Friday, May 3, 2013, in Staunton. The visitation room has 18 booths where visitors and inmates can talk through plastic phones.Access was pretty good for this story, considering most stories in jails are incredibly hard to photograph. But we did still have restrictions, like not being able to photograph the faces of the inmates, and I didn't want to intrude too much on people's visits since they see them so infrequently.

Jazmin Roman holds up her son, Dominque Phillips Jr., so he can see his father through the glass in the visiting room of Middle River Regional Jail on Monday, May 6, 2013, in Staunton. Visitors and inmates enter the room throughs separate secure entrances, where they sit on metal stools  in cinderblock booths and talk through plastic phones, seeing each other through the glass.A girl sits in the waiting room before visitation at Middle River Correctional Jail on Friday, May 3, 2013, in Staunton. The jail has two visitation periods a day, and inmates are allowed one visitor for 15-30 minutes per week, pending behavior. Inmates sit in cinderblock booths to talk to their visitors through plastic phones at Middle River Correctional Jail on Friday, May 3, 2013, in Staunton. The visitation room has 18 booths where visitors and inmates can talk through plastic phones.Felicia Dull smiles as her boyfriend, Shannon T. Harris, makes a gesture with his hands through the plate glass window of Middle River Regional Jail on Monday, May 6, 2013, in Staunton. Dull and Harris have a child together. Though Harris was sentenced to jail before his son was born, the judge allowed him to wait until the birth to go to jail. His son was a month old when Harris went off to jail — he is six months old now.A visitor holds her head in her hands as she waits for the inmate she's visiting to enter the visitation room at Middle River Correctional Jail on Friday, May 3, 2013, in Staunton. The visitation room has 18 booths where visitors and inmates can talk through plastic phones.