Launched in 2012, Between the Lines is an innovative program promoting literacy and strengthening bonds between incarcerated parents and their children. Through this program, Junior League volunteers visit Bossier Medium Security Facility and make audio recordings of incarcerated parents reading books aloud. League volunteers then mail CD recordings of the readings along with new gift-wrapped books to the inmates’ children.
This national program, first launched by the Junior League of Portland, provides comfort to children separated from their parents while also enhancing early reading skills. One out of every 40 children in the U.S. has an incarcerated parent, but there are few programs designed to meet their needs. Between the Lines strives to bridge the gap for those affected in Shreveport-Bossier.