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In prison, sometimes the most meaningful gifts are the most simple.
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Ahead of the holidays, I asked people inside Virginia’s Fluvanna Correctional Center for Women about the best gifts they’ve received since being here.

Rella Bailey: Learning how to be humble and patient.

Tammy Hounshell: The gift of forgiveness.

Jessica Carpenter: A rock necklace.

Brandi Fleming: The Kairos program.

Jessika Smith: A pair of earrings from her best friend.

Amber Carter: A good roommate (who, by the way, is your correspondent).

Amanda Wilhite: A visit from her babies.

Amanda Johnson: Phone time to be able to talk to her kids.

Roxana Ramos-Torres: When her ex-boyfriend wrote songs about her.

Isabell Davis: A book.

Mary Parr: The gift of friendship.

Shannon Chaney: A diamond ring from a friend.

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Chanell Burnette is a writer incarcerated in Virginia.