Prison Pete

Thursday, May 11, 2006
  You Sent How Many Books?
In addition to providing this wonderful blog, my friend has been sending me used books that he purchases from one of the thrift stores in his area. He will usually send me ten to twelve books at a time.

Sometimes when life got busier than the usual hectic pace his life is, he would simply drop a shipment of books in the mail so I would get something in the mail while waiting for a letter from him.

I readily admit that in most cases any mail is good mail when you are in jail.

When I received a bunch of books, I would go through them to see if there were any I would probably not read. The rest would be squirreled away in my locker or the box that we were allowed to keep under our bunk.

When it came time for me to move to my new location, I was shocked to find that I had stashed away over 100 books, mostly paperbacks that I wanted to read.

In addition while going through the paperwork I have in my archives I discovered over the last year I had donated over 77 books to the prison library. Most of those were books that I had read.

Bottom line: In the one year I was at that location, the inmate library received close to two hundred books to add to its collection. That is a lot of reading for the inmates there.
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