Posted on July 5, 2018 at 1:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Public defender Amalia Beckner has spent the past few years providing not just legal services, but also reading material, to her jailed clients.

It hasn’t been easy — hours behind a photocopying machine, sharing chapters here and there — but it’s been well worth it for the Harris County (Texas) inmates represented by Beckner.

The Houston Chronicle reports that a few weeks ago, Beckner decided to try a new method: crowdfunding.

She posted an Amazon wish list a few weeks ago and, through Thursday morning, has acquired thirteen new books for her clients.

“My clients are all indigent, and most have faced major traumas throughout their lives,” she wrote in a Facebook post. “I’m terrible at asking for help, but this is me asking.”

Read the full story, including the case that inspired her, on the Chronicle’s website.

Categories: Today in Books

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