Virginia Beach jail seeks non-risqué reading material for inmates

The Virginia Beach correctional center library. (Courtesy of the Virginia Beach Sheriff’s Office)

The Virginia Beach jail is looking for new reading material. The Sheriff’s Office today put out a call to the public for donations to its inmate library.

No hardcover books can be accepted because those are easier to use as weapons and to conceal contraband with than paperback books, according to sheriff’s spokeswoman Kathy Hieatt. And please, no steamy romance novels. Sexually explicit material, including detailed descriptions or photos of sexual acts, is prohibited, according to the release.

The library, which is filled solely through donations, has about 3,500 volumes and serves between 1,300 and 1,400 inmates, according to the sheriff’s office. Offerings include religious texts, self-help books, mysteries, westerns, classics and mysteries.

The jail is looking for new or used material in paperback or magazines.

Donations can be brought to the Correctional Center at 2501 James Madison Blvd. For more information, call Correctional Center Librarian Vince Harris at (757) 385-8686.

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