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Updated: 01/04/2014 11:38:56AM

Inmates, families get together

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Charlotte Correctional Institution inmate Willie Williams got a visit Friday morning from his 2-year-old daughter, Jahnesha Williams, his wife Sue Waring, and her daughter, Jalayaih Waring. Eight inmates spent time at the Punta Gorda prison with their families from the Miami-Dade area.

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Inmate Curry Hawkins — serving a life sentence for myriad charges, including attempted murder — was able to spend time with his 11-year-old son, Jermane Hawkins, Friday at Charlotte Correctional Institution, during a visit from Miami, provided by the Service Network for Children of Inmates. A holiday-style turkey meal with all the fixings was provided.

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The Service Network for Children of Inmates provided a trip Friday to Charlotte Correctional Institution for eight families from Miami, so they could spend time with their loved ones around the holidays. Inmates were able to "shop" for gifts, which were provided by a toy drive in Miami.

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Inmate Stanford Ellis spends time Friday with his fiancée, Michelle Joy, and their two children, Devin, 5, and Darron, 11, at Charlotte Correctional Institution, south of Punta Gorda. Ellis had several Christmas gifts for his two kids, whom he hadn't seen in about two months.

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Charlotte Correctional Institution inmate Ivan Hall spends time with his family at the prison. Here, he colors and plays games with his niece TáNiyah, 4 (left), his daughter, Lyric, 6 (on his lap), and his son, Jaharee, 11 (right).

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Charlotte Correctional Institution inmate Michael Doe spends time playing board games with his daughter, Mikel, at the Punta Gorda prison Friday.

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SOUTH OF PUNTA GORDA — Stanford Ellis, 35, is serving a five-year prison sentence on a false imprisonment charge out of Miami-Dade County. He has been housed at Charlotte Correctional Institution since April 2013, and has been incarcerated five times since 1995 on charges ranging from grand theft auto to attempted murder.

However the convict was all smiles Friday — and for good reason.

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