COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Young fathers who are incarcerated in Ohio’s youth prison system have recorded videos of themselves reading to their children as holiday gifts.
DVDs produced by the Department of Youth Services feature the men and boys reading copies of the Dr. Seuss book "One Fish Two Fish Three Four Five Fish."
Copies of the DVD, the nursery book and notes from the dads have been sent to children and their caregivers this week.
Youth Services says 35 inmates recorded the videos. About 500 boys and men are housed in three state juvenile detention facilities and a youth center in Ross county.
Agency director Harvey Reed says the holiday program helps keep youth connected to their children and developing healthy bonds even while away.