Small still voices: Through the Storybook Project, Arkansas inmates can interact with their children

Posted: February 11, 2017 at 5:55 a.m.

Yochechi Mangrum, an inmate at the Grimes Unit in Newport, reads and records a story as part of the Storybook Project. Volunteers visit the unit a few times a year to record inmates reading to their children or grandchildren.

When she looks at the faces of the inmates reading to their children, Pat Oplinger knows the Storybook Project of Arkansas is making a difference.

Megan Stevens, an inmate at the McPherson Unit in Newport, participates in the Storybook Project, which gives inmates the opportunity to record themse...

Whitney Laxton (left) and volunteer Donna Stringer prepare for a recording.

Carolyn Morgan (right), president of the board of directors for the Storybook Project, helps inmates select books to read.

Pat Oplinger (left), founder of the Storybook Project of Arkansas, talks with inmate Amanda Yanez at the McPherson Unit in Newport. Volunteers from th...

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