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AETN examines families affected by incarceration in next 'Arkansans Ask' Oct. 20

Posted 20 Oct 2016

The Arkansas Educational Television Network will address children of incarcerated parents in 'Arkansans Ask: Families Left Behind' airing Thursday, Oct. 20, at 7 p.m.

More than 2.7 million children in the U.S. have an incarcerated parent according to a report by the Pew Charitable Trusts, 2010. Immediate or extended family members have become the caregivers of these children.

'Arkansans Ask: Families Left Behind' gives voice to those affected by incarceration, including children, caregivers and advocates. The program will feature a discussion about the stigma and challenges they experience, as well as support groups and programs available for the entire family. Viewers may submit questions and comments at 800-662-2386, or on Twitter with #ARAsk.

Panelists for the program include: Alexis Beavers, daughter of incarcerated parent; Lisa Wiley, mother and grandmother who was formerly incarcerated; Brenda Olive, grandparent/caregiver, mother of incarcerated son; Dee Ann Newell, founder and executive director of Arkansas Voices for the Children Left Behind; Sen. Joyce Elliott (D), Little Rock. Pamela Smith hosts.

he Arkansas Educational Television Network is Arkansas's statewide public television network that enhances lives by providing lifelong learning opportunities for people from all walks of life. AETN delivers local, award-winning productions and classic, trusted PBS programs aimed at sharing Arkansas and the world with viewers. AETN depends on the generosity of Arkansans and the State of Arkansas to continue offering quality programming. Additional information is available at AETN is broadcast on KETS (Little Rock), KEMV (Mountain View), KETG (Arkadelphia), KAFT (Fayetteville), KTEJ (Jonesboro) and KETZ (El Dorado).