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Department Helps Provide School Supplies for ‘forgotten children’

September 14, 2015

By Will Mader,

DOC Communications

(Will Mader, Digital Communications Specialist)

LITTLEROCK – The start of school can pose a financial challenge to the families of inmates, most of whom live in poverty.

“Children with incarcerated parents are sometimes the forgotten children,” said Kim Govreau, Corrections Specialist at Cedar Creek Corrections Center. “We talk about homeless kids, we talk about low income kids, we talk about at-risk kids and this is kind of all of those kids grouped together in one.”

Each year, the Washington State Department of Corrections tries to help out by holding Back to School events in prisons and community corrections offices across the state.

At these events, children receive backpacks full of school and participate in other activities like haircuts and medical checkups, saving their families hundreds of dollars.

About 82 percent of families with an incarcerated family member fall below poverty level.