I found this a great initiative by Sesame Street: A character to have a parent in prison.
I have seen a lot of children in developing states with problematic upbringing environment. Should there be someone in TV who they can identify themselves, coping with the tough situation, it would be of encouragement to them.
With an estimated 2.3 million Americans behind bars, the U.S. incarcerates a larger percentage of its population than any other nation on Earth. As a result, one out of every 28 children grows up with a parent in jail—an average of one child per classroom.
These numbers are the reason why Sesame Street Workshop has created Alex the Muppet, the first Sesame character to have a father in prison. He’s an average kid who has some extra baggage in life and is struggling to cope.