Today, Sesame Workshop launches its newest initiative, Little Children, Big Challenges: Incarceration. This bilingual (English/Spanish) multimedia outreach initiative provides much-needed resources to support and comfort young children (ages 3–8) throughout their parents’ incarceration. Go to http://www.sesamestreet.org/incarceration for more information and project resources.
(My favorite thing about this entire project, although it is all fabulous and a REALLY REALLY good idea, is that in one slide it says “Daddy is in a place called prison” and then in the next slide it says “We won’t be able to sit in the same room with Mommy.”
As in, women get incarcerated too and somebody (other than the state) may be taking care of their kids for a while.
Also as in, this is not a program that is assuming anything.
Final thought: I sure wish this program were not necessary—we should really, as a society, care more about custody of extremely young children as a mitigating factor. :( :(
(Note: I am not saying that people should never be punished if they have small people in their care. I am saying that we should really heavily skew towards suspended sentences, heavily restitution, probation, and other in-the-community sentences in those instances. It is so completely unfair to take a child’s parent away from him or her for years because that parent made a single mistake. I AM LOOKING AT YOU, MANDATORY MINIMUMS FOR DISTRIBUTION CHARGES.)