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OPSO Receives 450 Books For Inmate Library

Donation Spearheaded By Ben Franklin Seniors

NEW ORLEANS - 05-15-2017

The Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office today received at least 450 books for its budding inmate library at the Orleans Justice Center. The book donation comes from Ben Franklin High School seniors Dominique Davillier and Brenna Hunt, who organized the campaign to collect the books from classmates.

Ms. Davillier explained that she has been reading about low levels of inmate literacy and decided to do something about it. They challenged other Ben Franklin classes to bring in as many books as possible. The class with the most books would win a pizza party. It turns out two classes each brought in 100 books, so both classes got a pizza party.

The students delivered the books to the Orleans Justice Center today and turned the books over to Compliance Director Gary Maynard and Leo Hayden, coordinator of volunteer services. "Having a library is a key element of our inmate programming and this donation by two wonderful young people will go a long way toward achieving that goal," Hayden said.

OPSO volunteers will soon add the books to carts, allowing inmates in each pod to select reading materials.

Ms. Davillier and Ms. Hall say they will encourage the next senior class at Ben Franklin to continue holding book drives on behalf of incarcerated persons. Ms. Davillier is headed to Howard University in the fall and Ms. Hall plans to attend Tulane University.

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