Here’s a wake up call about the rate at which we are incarcerating our citizens – Sesame Street has now added a Muppet whose parent is incarcerated, to help 1 in 28 children to cope with the loss of a parent to our prison system.
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. 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.