The UVa-Wise chapter of Alpha Phi Sigma, the national criminal justice honor society, is sponsoring a book drive for inmates at Wallens Ridge State Prison.

Professor Ashley Dickinson said the students took a recent tour of the prison and took interest in the library. The honor society decided to collect books to stock in the library and in the prison’s many pods.

“We are taking books written on the fifth grade reading level and up,” she said.

The book drive will continue until Nov. 11. The drops off sites for the book drive are Smiddy 156 or Smiddy 137.