Louisiana Correctional Association’s Kits for Kidz is underway where school supplies are distributed to children of the state’s incarcerated population.
Vice President Angela Whittaker says they wanted a way to help these kids because they are at a higher risk of following criminal behavior. She says encouraging education contributes to putting these children on the path to success.
“The idea of offenders talking to their children about how important education is for them to not follow in their path. We decided to give school supply kits as a way to encourage them to have those conversations with their children.”
These supply kits are handed to kids who visit state prisons now through the start of school. Whittaker says there are over 64,000 Louisiana children with an incarcerated parent. She says these kids are full of excitement when handed backpack full of goodies.
“Their other parent that comes with them is excited because it’s a burden lifted off them to find the funding for that. When a child’s parent goes to prison, someone absorbs that burden of providing them with the basics.”
$15,000 worth of kits will be distributed this year. Whittaker says the offender population has been very involved in this work. She says the parents feel a sense of joy knowing that even behind bars they can help provide for their child.
“So we try to tell the inmates, talk to your kids about school and how school is getting started and what you expect from them for the year. Even though you’re incarcerated you still play a role in their life.”
To donate, visit www.lacorrectional.org.