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With Jail Visits Cut Off, This Mom Resorted To Snail Mail

Tariq Carlson, left, and mom Diane Rabinowitz. Carlson is diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia and is incarcerated at Twin Towers jail. (Courtesy of Diane Rabinowitz )
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When the L.A. Sheriff's Department suspended outside visits at the jails, it created a whole new level of stress for the families of inmates with mental health problems.

Diane Rabinowitz was among them. Her son, Tariq Carlson, is serving time for a misdemeanor, and he has a diagnosis of paranoid schizophrenia.

Without a way to directly connect, Rabinowitz turned to an old-fashioned method: snail mail. And it's worked. Carlson has been "touched" by the letters she and her friends have written, so much that he's called from jail to tell her.


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