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Books Behind Bars collects reading material for South Carolina inmates

The S.C. Department of Corrections will hold a book drive on Friday in Columbia.
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COLUMBIA, S.C. — The South Carolina Department of Corrections (SCDC) will be holding a book drive in the hopes of collecting new reading material for inmates in the state's prison system.

Books Behind Bars' goal is to collect 20,000 books for inmate libraries and will be accepting drop-off contributions at SCDC Headquarters on Broad River Road in Columbia and SCDC institutions statewide -- with the exceptions of MacDougall, Perry and Tyger River -- 8 a.m.  Friday, July 10.

Books can be either soft or hard cover and can cover a wide-variety of topics but SCDC will not accept books that glorify crime, violence or sex.