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Community Supervision Agents Donate More than 2,000 Books to Prison Libraries

(March 25, 2013) ---Community Supervision agents in eight field offices made a tremendous contribution to Western Maryland prison libraries recently, collecting 2,070 books.

The effort began when Jacelyn McDonnell, who leads the North Region Community Supervision team out of the Hagerstown office, had a discussion with a prison warden, who happened to mention the need for more reading material for inmates. That's when Ms. McDonnell began to spread the word, and agents stepped up in a big way.

The Frederick office alone collected more than 1,400 books, thanks in large measure to Intake Reviewer Theresa Lawson securing a huge donation from a dear 80-year old lady who was kind enough to give from her collection.

Community Supervision offices in Oakland, Cumberland, Westminster, Harford County, Silver Spring, Gaithersburg, and Hagerstown all contributed books as well.

Their effort is much appreciated by the five libraries in the Department's Cumberland and Hagerstown prisons, which collectively house more than seven thousand inmates. Many inmates who truly want to change find that the gateway to their education is through reading and research.

Hats off to the Community Supervision agents responsible for this significant book donation!