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Lonely vigil

Posted: Tuesday, Jan 29th, 2013


(Photo by Larry Coonrod)


Debby Russell-VanHoorebeke stands outside the Lincoln County Jail Monday protesting what she says is the unfair and unjust webcam-only visitation policy that goes into effect Feb. 1. All social visits with inmates will be conducted through the jail’s video visitation system provided by TurnKey Corrections at a rate of 35 cents per minute. VanHoorebeke said she doesn’t have a computer or smart phone and worries about the government looking into people’s homes while they are using a webcam to visit an inmate.  VanHoorebeke’s son is incarcerated in the jail. “Unfortunately, he’s spent quite a bit of time here in the last year,” she said. VanHoorebeke began protesting at the jail two weeks ago. Admittedly it isn’t the most sympathetic of causes, but she’s disappointed no one has joined her. She plans to keep protesting as long as she can. “I still believe one person can make a difference in this country,” she said.

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