This is unexpected--more than 6,600 inmates across Texas have donated $53,863 from their commissary funds to help victims of Hurricane Harvey.
The Texas Department of Criminal Justice spokesman said the inmates contributed to the American Red Cross. It may not seem like much amid the millions of dollars that have poured in from celebrities and everyday folks moved by the size of the storm's damage. But the money comes from the very tiny accounts that inmates use to purchase things like paper and pencils, and food that isn't available in chow halls. The average donation was $8.
About 7,000 people from five prisons, three treatment centers and two halfway houses had to be evacuated, and hundreds of prison employees' homes were damaged or destroyed.
Inmates asked prison officials how they could help.