Dane County deputies try to brighten kids' jail visits

Jail program started 15 years ago

Published On: Dec 26 2012 07:14:10 AM CST   Updated On: Dec 26 2012 07:32:25 AM CST
MADISON, Wis. -

Dane County deputies know it's never easy for children to visit their parents in jail -- especially around Christmas.

As part of the sheriff department's "Books and Bears" program, all kids who visited the jail around Christmas Eve received a new book and a stuffed animal.

The intention is to give kids a positive interaction with officers, while also brightening the holidays for families going through a difficult time, according to sheriff’s officials.

The effort is led by Deputy Darlynn Brown, who has been conducting the program for 15 years.

The program is funded through community donations.