Sheriff’s office collecting books, jigsaw puzzles for inmates

By Zoé Brown

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CLAY COUNTY, Missouri (KCTV) – The Clay County Sheriff’s Office is hosting a paperback and puzzle drive this month.

The sheriff’s office said the supply of books for inmates was limited due to the pandemic as some nonprofits that provided books no longer could.

They say several inmates said there are only romance novels to read, which most of the 85 percent of the prison population who are male is not interested in.

Those who work in the detention center also want to come up with puzzles to keep the inmates busy. They found that when inmates are busy, they are more likely to “keep the peace”.

The book and puzzle collection will take place from January 3-31. Books and puzzles can be dropped off in the main lobby of the Sheriff’s Office located at 12 S. Water St.

Books should be pocket-sized for the safety of inmates. However, all genres are accepted.

If you have a church or business that would like to be a collection point, please email Sarah Boyd, Public Relations Manager, at to make arrangements .

The following people have already volunteered to be collection points:

Smithville Police Department Holt City Hall Clay County Administration Building Smithville First Christian Church Betty’s Place (restaurant) in Holt

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