First Character With Parent In Jail Comes To 'Sesame Street'


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Sesame Street is taking some steps to address mass-incarceration and the prison-industrial complex. 

### via NBC News

Those friendly, fuzzy Muppets from “Sesame Street” have helped kids open up about all sorts of serious subjects, from hunger and divorce to military deployment.

But they’re now tackling a much more unexpected issue: incarceration.

Meet Alex, the first Muppet to have a dad in jail. According to a Pew Charitable Trusts report, 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 -- so it’s a real issue, but it’s talked about far less because of the stigma.


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  • commented 2013-06-19 00:07:29 -0700
    My first reaction was, “why would they air this?” In all seriousness I support public television and am happy Sesame Street addresses so many touchy issues and for those children who do not have these hardships in life, they can develop a sense of compassion for others. Way to go PBS.
  • commented 2013-06-18 15:54:42 -0700
    For Sesame Street, this is merely “another day at the office.” They’re simply doing what they’ve done, incredibly well, for over 40 years.