The government pays for her time to drive to the jails and for mileage. She said the trip can take nearly two days, as she leaves at noon to make the drive. She visits the client the next morning, then drives back.
Brenda Harvey can’t visit her grandson, Delvon Jones, who is jailed in Grayson County, Kentucky, more than four hours away. He had been in Ste. Genevieve County Jail about an hour from his home in Ferguson. But in mid-July, he was moved.
Harvey, with whom Jones had lived, worries about him.
“Why didn’t he stay here?” she wants to know. “It makes me very upset and disappointed with the system, period. I’m very upset.”
Harvey said she frequently calls Grayson County jailers to check on him. “I have blew up their phone,” she said.
Jones is due to be brought to St. Louis Friday to be sentenced. That sentencing was delayed from July 19, both because he got a new attorney and because the U.S. Marshals could not get him back from Kentucky in time, his lawyer said in a court filing.
Jones was a bright student who had earned his high school diploma by the time he’d completed the 10th grade, Harvey told the judge in her grandson’s case. Harvey relied on him for help around the house because she’s disabled. But he began hanging out with the wrong crowd. In April, he pleaded guilty to one count of fentanyl distribution and admitted selling a total of about 7 grams of the drug for a total of $400 in four transactions with an undercover federal agent.
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