Texas inmates donate more than $50k to Harvey relief efforts

Inmates throughout the criminal justice system in Texas have raised more than $53,000 for Hurricane Harvey victims

Thousands of inmates in Texas have been visiting their prison's commissary - not for a can of Sprite or a roll of tissue paper, but to donate money to Hurricane Harvey victims.

According to Texas officials, the American Red Cross has received a donation of U.S. $53,000 from commissary funds to be used for mobilsing relief to regions affected by Harvey.

At the end of September, the department mailed one large check for $53,863 to the American Red Cross. That averages to $8 per inmate, with each pulling the money from his or her commissary fund, which is the account used to buy everything from personal hygiene items to snacks.

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Some of those who had saved gave more - hundreds of dollars, in some instances, a spokesman for the Criminal Justice Department said. Harvey made landfall in Texas as a Category 4 hurricane on August 25.

Friends and family members can contribute to the funds online, or purchase goods for inmates. The devastation sparked an outpouring of support around the world - apparently, even from prisons.

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