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Prisoner allowed to contact wife, children once daily

In a rather unusual move, a judge is allowing a jailed Colorado man, who is in prison for various charges including domestic violence and violating restraining orders, to contact his children, his wife and his girlfriend on a daily basis.

The 31-year-old man, who is from Rifle, is described as a "habitual offender." His two daughters apparently witnessed him abusing their mother at one point, sources say. Up until now, protective orders had prevented the man from contacting his family. The man is being held on $99,000 bond and is due back in court at the end of the month.

At this point, he is now allowed to call his daughters, his wife and his girlfriend once a day. However, if the girls' mother objects to a particular call for any reason, it can be cancelled.

The woman had objected allowing the man to contact his girlfriend, noting that she has stood by her husband through his legal troubles and doesn't want him to cheat anymore. According to the Glenwood Springs Post Independent, if he continues contacting his girlfriend, the wife wants no further contact with him.

All calls will be monitored by jail staff, and a social services caseworker will be present when he contacts his daughters.

The arrangement will only be in place so long as the man remains in jail. If he is released on bond, he will be prohibited from contacting his family or the girlfriend, in accordance with the original protective orders.

Source: Glenwood Springs Post Independent, "Judge gives prisoner permission to contact his children daily," John Colson, Feb. 15, 2012

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