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05/11/2012

Editor's Choice Picture of the Day - Mother's Day Behind Bars - May 11, 2012.

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Reuters photographer Lucy Nicholson followed children visiting their mother at California Institute for Women state prison in Chino, California for a special Mother's Day visit. The event, Get On The Bus, brings children in California to visit their mothers in prison. Sixty percent of parents in state prison report being held over 100 miles or from their children.

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Olga Ortiz, 55, carries 11-month-old Axel on a bus to visit his mother at California Institute for Women state prison in Chino, California May 5, 2012. Axel was separated from his mother Norma Ortiz, 31, at birth.

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Mothers watch their children arrive.

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Shonta Montgomery, 28, waits to see her son Levell Jones, 7, whom she has not seen in 17 months.

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Levell Jones, 7, holds up a card at California Institute for Women state prison in Chino, California.

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Shonta Montgomery, 28, hugs her son Levell Jones, 7.

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Cori Walters, 32, hugs her daughter Hannah Walters, 6.

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Cali Farmer, 4, hugs her mother Netta Farmer at California Institute for Women state prison in Chino, California during the annual Mother's Day event, Get On The Bus.

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Fulorise Gadson of Riverside plays with her daughter Ken'yida Draper, 7.

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Norma Ortiz, 31, (3rd R) kisses one of her children as she sits next to her mother Olga Ortiz (L), 55, at California Institute for Women state prison in Chino, California. Norma's children are (L-R) 11-month-old Axel Ortiz, Jovanny Cedillo, Anthony Elizalde, and Christopher Cedillo, Norma has not seen Axel since he was born, and the other children for one and a half years.

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Camille Glinton kisses her mother Luz Gonzalez.

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Lakisha Perry, 29, hugs her daughter Stephanie Perry.

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Cali Farmer, 4, cries as she hugs her mother Netta Farmer at California Institute for Women state prison in Chino, California, during the annual Mother's Day event, Get On The Bus. Cali's name can be seen tattooed on the back of her mother's neck.

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Amanda Johnson, 31, holds hands with her son Mack Darbey, 10.

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Children draw Mother's Day cards to take to their mothers.

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A sign is seen at California Institute for Women state prison in Chino, California.

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Levell Jones, 7, looks out of the bus window as he leaves his mother at California Institute for Women state prison in Chino, California.

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Camille Glinton sits on the bus after leaving her mother at California Institute for Women state prison in Chino.

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A boy sleeps on the bus after leaving his mother at California Institute for Women state prison in Chino.

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You can really feel the emotion from the kids and their mothers. Well done!

Thank you for posting these wonderful pictures of mother/child love - so very moving.

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