- The U.S. has the highest incarceration rate in the world with one in 28 children having a parent in jail
- More men are in jail in the U.S. than are deployed for the U.S. military
‘Sesame Street’ is brought to you by the letter ‘P’ – for Prison.
The children’s educational show is about to tackle the problem of incarceration head on and they’ve created a new Muppet, Alex, whose dad is in jail.
He is the first character to join the likes of Big Bird, Oscar the Grouch, and Elmo, who will teach young children about how to cope when their mom or dad is incarcerated.
One in 28 children in the United States now has a parent behind bars – more than the number of kids with a parent who is deployed….
‘Sesame Street’ receives funding from both the federal budget and private sponsors although in this particular program the website lists a series of charitable foundations and corporate sponsors including BAE Systems.