Bedtime stories from prison

Bedtime stories from prison

Approximately half of Australia’s prisoners are parents. So how do they maintain a relationship with their kids while they’re inside?

The simple act of reading a bedtime story to a child is impossible if the parent is in prison.

At Middleton, a minimum restricted men’s prison a couple of hours drive north of Melbourne, the Read-Along Dads (RAD) program aims to act as the next best thing.

RAD participant, ‘Patrick’ is currently midway through a five-year sentence at Middleton Prison, just one of a few sentences he has served over the past fifteen years.

The father of five has been participating in the RAD program in an effort to reconnect with his kids, because if all goes to plan, he’ll be out in 18-months.

While Patrick is determined to forge a relationship with his kids on release, do his kids feel the same way?

Bedtime stories from prison explores the toll prison has taken on both Patrick and his family.

This program aired on Radio National’s Earshot.

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