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Virginia Restores Program Providing Books To Inmates

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) The Virginia Department of Corrections is restoring a program that provides free books to inmates.

Director Gene M. Johnson said in a letter Tuesday that procedures for receiving the books will be tightened, and inmates will be able to request three books a month. His letter went to Kay Allison, owner of the Charlottesville-based Quest Bookshop that has provided the books.

Department spokesman Larry Traylor has said the department decided last month to eliminate the program after contraband was found in some books. Allison says it was the program's first lapse in 15 years, and the contraband consisted of paper clips and a compact disc. Johnson says if contraband is found again, the department will re-evaluate its relationship with Quest.

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