Learn More About Prison With These Videos, Books And Resources
Below are accompanying educational resources such as films, activities and book recommendations to start conversations and learn about incarceration’s toll.
Help Kids Understand Incarceration
The incarceration of a loved one can be overwhelming for both children and caregivers. Because of the feeling of stigma, it takes special effort to start important conversations and answer kids’ questions.
Parents can comfort children and guide them through difficult moments just by talking. With love and support, the family can cope with the challenges of incarceration together.
Browse Sesame Street in Communities resources to help with these conversations, such as printable art activities, videos and articles.
Watch these investigative PBS documentaries to learn more about the varied effects of incarceration. Click through on the accompanying links to watch more films.
POV Shorts: A Debtor’s Prison
In the hometown of police shooting victim Michael Brown and the surrounding municipalities, a practice with historical antecedents has become systematic: the operation of modern-day debtors’ prisons. “A Debtors’ Prison” follows two plaintiffs in an unfolding court case, Samantha Jenkins and Meredith Walker, as they describe the matrix of controls that subjected them to incarceration for being poor.
Frontline Investigates: Locked Up In America
The investigative project goes inside the debate over mass incarceration in America.
What happens when we lock up juvenile offenders in adult prisons? “Stickup Kid,” a FRONTLINE digital exclusive, tells the story of Alonza Thomas — sent to adult prison in California at age 16 — and how spending over a decade behind bars affected him.
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Dallas Public Library Digital resources
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• Browse book suggestions
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Dallas residents with a library card can reserve books using the carousels, then pick them up at their chosen branch location. Or, if you live in another area, these recommendations can introduce you to titles to find in your own library.