For a Child’s Holiday, a Video from Prison

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Monica Bañuelos, an inmate at the Mabel Bassett Correctional Center, records a Christmas video for her children.

Oklahoma Messages Project.

Monica Bañuelos, an inmate at the Mabel Bassett Correctional Center, records a Christmas video for her children.

As families and friends become one for the holidays, thousands of children will be separated from their parents, who are holed up in Oklahoma’s prisons.

With the states’ budget woes cutting programs to help inmates be better parents, the private sector is picking up the slack to better bond families serving what many call a “shared sentence.”