Charlene Yarbrough

Charlene Yarbrough is the mother of James “Jay” Yarborough Jr., currently incarcerated at Wallens Ridge State Prison. Charlene lives eight hours away in Newport News, Virginia. For this postcard from home, Charlene gathered her entire extended family together to send a big shout out to Jay. His sisters and cousins talk about growing up together in rural North Carolina and his mother remembers his favorite dance moves. Charlene cannot drive and has health issues that make travel difficult. When this piece was recorded, Charlene had not seen her son in twenty years.

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About Jay’s Case: James Yarborough Jr. was convicted of murder at 22, and is serving a single life sentence.