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Pensacola Prison Books In Urgent Need Of Solidarity

open booksFrom Open Books

For those who were not aware, Open Books–a non-profit bookstore which houses the Prison Book Project–was hurt very badly in the┬árecent floods in Pensacola, Florida. As you can imagine, books and water do not mix well. Due to three feet of water entering our store, we lost approximately 3000 books and have an estimated damage amount at $10,000. We also lost a considerable amount of the stock for the Prison Book Project.

If you are not familiar with us, all of the proceeds at Open Books goes directly to fund the Prison Book Project. The Prison Book Project, which runs out of our store, has been in operation for 14 years. We have survived several hurricanes, flooding, and numerous economic calamities. However, this flood hit us very hard.

In the past, we have been incredibly fortunate to have great support throughout our various communities, both local and international. We have supported numerous prison books projects throughout the country. We’ve donated resources to several up-and- coming prison books projects, we have held fundraisers for others in need, we have taken thousands of letters from other projects which were in trouble, and have offered our experience to those who might need help. With the help of these communities in the spirit of mutual aid, we have been able to function for over a decade now, a great feat for any prison book project. And although we know everyone’s projects are always functioning on a shoestring budget, we reluctantly feel the need to ask for your help.

Many have asked what are the best ways to help. The best ways in which you can help us are as follows: (more…)

Gas explosion at Florida jail kills two prisoners and injures 150

escambia jail explosionEscambia County jail in Pensecola partially collapsed in blast but officials play down link between explosion and torrential rain

From The Guardian

An apparent gas explosion rocked a jail in the Florida Panhandle late Wednesday, killing two inmates, injuring more than 100 other people, and causing the building to partially collapse, according to a county spokeswoman.

At the blast site Thursday morning, glass was strewn about on the ground in front of the jail. The front of the building appeared bowed out, with cracks throughout.

The explosion happened about 11 pm CDT at a booking facility at the Escambia County jail, and as many as 150 inmate and corrections officers were injured, said Kathleen Castro, the county’s public information manager. About 600 inmates were in the Pensacola building at the time, and the uninjured were taken to jails in neighboring counties, she said.
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