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Program helps jailed fathers read to kids

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RACINE (WKOW) -- A new program in Wisconsin is helping jailed fathers stay involved in their children's lives.

Dads can actually read to their kids while behind bars.

24-year-old Lonezo Parker is serving time for burglary at the Racine Correctional Institution.

He can't be with his 5-year-old daughter Allyiah so he signed up for the "Father Read" program.

Parker picks a few children's books and records his reading session on DVD, which are sent to Allyiah.

"I did something stupid. I regret it. I regret it every day I wake up. I only can do what I can. It's an opportunity I can read to her. I took the opportunity to read to her," says Lonezo.

The state is using a federal grant to expand the inmate reading program to other prisons.

It will eventually benefit more than 200 children.

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