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Texas Prisoners Raise $54,000 for Hurricane Victims

A group of prisoners in Texas raised nearly $54,000 for hurricane victims, according to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.

In new information released today, it was reported that 6,663 prisoners from Texas raised $53,863 for victims of Hurricane Harvey. The Fort-Worth Star Telegram reports that prisoners pulled the money from their commissary accounts to donate to the hurricane relief efforts. Some prisoners donated $1 or less while other prisoners donated thousands of dollars to the relief efforts.

The donations were collected between August 31st and September 30th.

This is the third time that Texas prisoners have donated to hurricane victims. The Texas Department of Criminal Justice has previously held fundraisers for hurricane relief efforts for Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Rita. Both efforts raised about $40,000.

Proceeds raised by the prisoners went to benefit the American Red Cross.

Photo by Jennifer Whitney, the Texas Tribune

Photo by Jennifer Whitney, the Texas Tribune

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