Texas inmates raise $53000 for Hurricane Harvey victims

Inmates throughout the criminal justice system in Texas have raised more than $53,000 for Hurricane Harvey victims

Inmates throughout the criminal justice system in Texas have raised more than $53,000 for Hurricane Harvey victims

Hurricane recovery takes a village, and in Texas, that village included prison inmates.

Texas Department of Criminal Justice spokesman Jason Clark says more than 6,600 inmates donated money between August 31 and September 30.

The New York Times reports that 6,663 inmates pulled a total of $53,863 from their commissary funds (that they normally use to purchase basic supplies and other personal items). "Texans are generous people".

Officials say Texas prison inmates donated more than $53,000 from their commissary funds to the American Red Cross to be used for hurricane relief.

Most of the damage that Hurricane Harvey caused was in the area around Houston, Texas, with 89 reported deaths and countless destroyed homes, cars, and more.

Clark also told The Times that some inmates had individually donated hundreds of dollars from the money they had saved in their accounts.

Prisoners' commissary accounts are usually funded by friends, family members, or through wages made by working prison jobs.

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