Arkansas advocate for children of prisoners gets national attention from HuffPost | Arkansas Blog

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Arkansas advocate for children of prisoners gets national attention from HuffPost

Posted By on Thu, Sep 14, 2017 at 11:42 AM

click to enlarge Newell: founded support group for incarcerated parents and their children in 1994 - BRIAN CHILSON
  • Brian Chilson
  • Newell: founded support group for incarcerated parents and their children in 1994

An Arkansan who started a group that has helped support tens of thousands of children whose parents are behind bars is got some love from the Huffington Post this morning.

Dee Ann Newell founded and serves as the executive director of the group Arkansas Voices for the Children Left Behind in 1994. Newell tells HuffPo that in the past 23 years, the group has offered support, mentoring and opportunities to over 38,000 kids. The group partners with mentors and schools to help keep children whose parents are in prison from falling behind their peers, assists in keeping the lines of communication open between kids and their incarcerated parents, offers parenting classes to prisoners, and helps released inmates re-join their families.

You can read the Huff Post story here.

We've written about Newell and her work with incarcerated parents and their children several times over the years, most recently in June 2016.

Tags: , , , , , , , ,

Sign up for the Daily Update email

Comments (3)

Showing 1-3 of 3

Add a comment

Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-3 of 3

Add a comment

More by David Koon

  • Tough mothers, demanding action

    Interest in the gun violence prevention group Moms Demand Action has exploded since the massacre at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High in Florida. Leaders here say they're in the battle for 'gun sense' until the job is done.
    • Apr 5, 2018
  • The Griffin

    El Dorado's new restaurant showplace is worth the drive.
    • Mar 15, 2018
  • Arkansas's medical marijuana growers come to light

    Four counties, five companies, lots of jobs in the cannabis business.
    • Mar 8, 2018
  • More »

Readers also liked…

  • The inspiring Hillary Clinton

    Hillary Clinton's campaign for president illustrates again the double standard applied to women. Some writers get it. They even find the supposedly unlikable Clinton inspiring.
    • Oct 16, 2016
  • Women's March planned in Arkansas to mark Trump inauguration

    Speaking of Donald Trump and in answer to a reader's question: There will be a women's march in Arkansas on Jan. 21, the day after inauguration, as well as the national march planned in Washington.
    • Dec 30, 2016
  • Trump immigration protest at LR: Quick and fierce

    It was not even 24 hours ago that Sophia Said, director of the Interfaith Center; City Director Kathy Webb and others decided to organize a protest today of Donald Trump's executive order that has left people from Muslim countries languishing in airports or unable to come to the US at all — people with visas, green cards,a  post-doc graduate student en route to Harvard, Google employees abroad, families. I got the message today before noon; others didn't find out until it was going on. But however folks found out, they turned out in huge numbers, more than thousand men, women and children, on the grounds of the state Capitol to listen to speakers from all faiths and many countries.
    • Jan 29, 2017

Most Viewed

Most Recent Comments


© 2018 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation