SC program helps incarcerated fathers connection with children through books
COLUMBIA, S.C. (WACH)-- Kirkland Correctional Institution held its first "A Father's Voice" program Tuesday.
As an extension to the "A Mother's Voice" programs at Camille Graham and Leath Correctional Institutions, the program was the first to be held at any male facilities.
The program allows for incarcerated parents, who meet certain criteria such as good behavior while in prison, to record themselves reading a children's book that will be sent to their children so that they can listen to their parents' voice reading to them.
To add more of a personal touch, parent's can prompt their children to do things such as brush their teeth, clean their room, say a prayer and more.
“It is easy to forget that when a parent is sentenced their children are forced to pay for that crime as well through no fault of their own," said SCDC Director Bryan Stirling.
"It is vitally important to help maintain a connection between that offender and their family, so that children back at home know that their parents still care for them.”
Books that were recorded this week will be sent to the children just in time for Father's Day for those that will not be present during visitation hours over the weekend.
SCDC received book discounts, donations, and grants to purchase the books which all came from local Hallmark stores.
The program is made possible through donations for Michelin, Delta Dental, Forest Acres Rotary Club, IM Services Recreation, Karen Moton, and various church groups.
Kirkland Correctional is a state prison owned and operated by the South Carolina Department of Corrections which houses male offenders age 17 and up who have been sentenced to 91 days or more.