They might be convicted criminals, but when it came to the heartbreaking devastation left by Hurricane Harvey this summer, they became heroes of sorts.
Inmates in Texas’ criminal justice system wanted to help those impacted by the Category 4 hurricane, which caused $200 billion in damage in the state.
“They were requesting to donate money,” said Texas Department of Criminal Justice spokesman Jason Clark. “It’s just something they chose to do.”
Nearly 6,600 Texas prisoners have donated more than $53,000 of their commissary funds to the American Red Cross, Dallas News reported.
The inmates mostly donated money from their small allowances — $95 every two weeks – that are used for purchasing paper, pencils, and personal hygiene items.
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Each inmate contributed $8, on average, while others were able to give hundreds of dollars.
In addition to monetary donations, inmates and officers have been working hard to repair …
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