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TikToker shares why she brought a Bible to prison, even though she’s an atheist

A TikToker, journalist, and atheist recently went viral after sharing a story about why she brought a Bible to prison and it’s not for the reason one might expect.

According to user Keri (@keribla), rather than using the book for any sort of religious reason, her Bible had a far more practical purpose: addresses.

Keri explains why in the now-viral TikTok video, which currently has over 166,000 views.

“We all knew that when you got transferred from jail to prison, the only thing that you could bring with you was a religious book, and the only religious book that we had around that jail was Bibles,” she details in the video.

“The reason I needed it was to write down addresses,” she continues. “You couldn’t bring any addresses with you from jail to prison, and sometimes not from one jail to the other, so we all knew to write the addresses that were important to us in the margins.”

She then shows her own prison Bible, which, as she said, is filled with addresses hidden in the margins.

As for why she had to hide the addresses, Keri clarified in comments.

“if your bible was clearly being used to sneak in other info they would take it. Also If you had addresses of other inmates that could get a ticket,” she claims.

While policies seem inconsistent across states and jurisdictions, a few on the Internet have noted, anecdotally, that prisons will be more likely to accept a religious text than a simple address book.

Others stated that they felt the rule of not being able to bring books or addresses into prison was needlessly severe.

“Wow, that is so cruel,” shared a commenter. “It seems like cutting people off from their support system is the absolute worst thing you could do.”

“That is such a bizarre & twisted rule they have,” agreed a second user. “Very wise to write them in the Bible & bring them that way, just f’ed that y’all had to!”

Curiously, this is not the only time Keri says she used religion to her advantage in prison, despite now being an atheist. In a later video, she details the unexpected reason she converted to Catholicism while locked up.

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