Norfolk Jail Asking for Books for Inmates

By: Karen Hopkins

The Norfolk City Jail’s library needs at least one thousand books to give inmates a better chance of finding inspiration behind bars.

Sheriff Bob McCabe is asking the public to donate only paperback books to help close the gap.

“Certain books that they have are old and outdated,” said inmate Brian Gatling. “It gives us something to occupy our time inside the jail; it keeps guys out of trouble by reading books.”

The goal is to allow each inmate to check out two books, but right now there aren’t enough books to go around.

Jail library director Dan Provance explained they need more donations to help replace old or damaged material. Just like any library, inmates are fined for not returning or damaging books.

Employees screen all donated paperback books to make sure they are in good condition and do not contain any sexually explicit or violent material.

In particular, Provance hopes people will donate educational books or nonfiction biographies of people who have risen above struggles.

“It helps the inmates be in a positive, instead of negative situation while they’re here in the jail. We would appreciate inspirational books that would help them out,”  Library director Provance said.

If you would like to donate paperback books to the Norfolk City Jail, you can drop them off at the Public Safety building’s visitation room (old General District Court) at 811 E. City Hall Avenue.

Hard copy books will not be accepted for security reasons.

2 thoughts on “Norfolk Jail Asking for Books for Inmates

  1. This is ridiculous! We are now asking for books for criminals locked up in jail?! What about all of our local school districts who don’t have money to purchase textbooks for the students of our community? I am appalled and this is a sad day.

  2. I am a sinner saved by grace and my task is to encourage others because no one is beyond redemption. Since God has blessed me to bless others, I will continue to do so. Now, if I can just get these books there .
    A message to the incarcerated-

    The Crucifixion of Jesus

    26 As the soldiers led him away, they seized Simon from Cyrene,
    who was on his way in from the country, and put the cross on him and made him
    carry it behind Jesus. 27 A large number of people followed
    him, including women who mourned and wailed for him. 28 Jesus
    turned and said to them, “Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me; weep for
    yourselves and for your children. 29 For the time will come
    when you will say, ‘Blessed are the childless women, the wombs that never bore
    and the breasts that never nursed!’ 30 Then “‘they
    will say to the mountains, “Fall on us!” and to the hills, “Cover us!”’
    31 For if people do these things when the tree is green, what
    will happen when it is dry?”
    32 Two other men, both criminals, were also led out with him to
    be executed. 33 When they came to the place called the Skull,
    they crucified him there, along with the criminals—one on his right, the other
    on his left. 34 Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do
    not know what they are doing.” And they
    divided up his clothes by casting lots.
    35 The people stood watching, and the rulers even sneered at
    him. They said, “He saved others; let him save himself if he is God’s Messiah,
    the Chosen One.”
    36 The soldiers also came up and mocked him. They offered him
    wine vinegar 37 and said, “If you are the king of the Jews,
    save yourself.”
    38 There was a written notice above him, which read: this is the king of the jews.
    39 One of the criminals who hung there hurled insults at him:
    “Aren’t you the Messiah? Save yourself and us!”
    40 But the other criminal rebuked him. “Don’t you fear God,” he
    said, “since you are under the same sentence? 41 We are
    punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this man has
    done nothing wrong.”
    42 Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your
    43 Jesus answered him, “Truly I tell you, today you will be
    with me in paradise.”

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