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Josh is at the Hocking Valley Community Residential Center for drug trafficking and theft. Despite her health problems, his mother, Toni, focuses on providing for his release.

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Toni (Mom):

He’s been with me his whole life, and to have him took away was like cutting my heart out of my chest, literally. But, I know that he did something bad and he has to pay the price for it.

Josh (Boy at HVCRC):

The first night that I was away I woke up and I honestly, I expected to see my mom or whatever so it was really different.

Toni:

I feel empty without him here, cause I’m used to him always being here. I’m just hoping he learns from it and he comes home and he’s changed.

Josh:

I’m here because I did some bad things I committed some robberies and I got busted for drug trafficking.

Toni:

I think HVCRC is a good place for him to be. It’s showing him structure it’s giving him the tools he needs to come out of there and be his own man.

Josh:

Me and my mom, we’ve always been really close. I’ve always lived with her. Whenever I was three years old basically my dad left so it’s been me and my mom since then.

Josh:

The reason that I got in trouble, the big reason was because of the place we were living cause all my friends and stuff that I hung out with there they were just good people and stuff. So, she actually ended up moving, uh, she moved several miles away from the house that we were living in. She moved for me so I could come back and stay with her if I wanted to.

Toni:

But when I moved here I found out that there was a pot dealer that lived behind me and in front of me somewhere along here there is a heroine dealer and I don’t want Josh to intertwine with them at all.

Josh:

I think that she needs to worry more about herself. Since she, the way she sits in her chair and on the bed a lot of times it creates sores on the bottoms of her feet and it busted open and it got infected. She got out of the hospital for about three days and then the doctor said she had a minor hospital, she got sent right back to the hospital. And, uh, she just got out about two days ago.

Josh:

It was really nice to be able to see her and just know that she was doing good. I wasn’t even for sure if she was going to come or not. She could have been back in the hospital.

Josh:

So it was a big relief to be able to see her and know that she was doing alright and its nice, it’s really nice.

Josh:

Being able to see your family and stuff while you’re in here it’s just, it makes everything so much easier. It’s kinda like, well this won’t be that bad you know I get to see my mom still.

Toni:

We play cards, we talk, we laugh, it’s really a lot of fun I miss him being home.

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