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"Books and Bears" program helps kids visiting parents behind bars

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MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Sheriff’s officials know that it’s never easy for kids to visit their parents who are behind bars – especially at Christmas-time.

So in Madison, all children who visit the Dane County Jail have been getting a stuffed animal and a new book as part of a program called “Books and Bears.”

Sergeant Michael Connors says jail visits are especially scary for some youngsters. He says the books and stuffed animals make it more comfortable for the children – it gives them a positive encounter with officers – and it brightens the holidays for the families, at a difficult time for them.

Community donations provide the funding.

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