Jailhouse Rockefellers

Cell-block philanthropists are doing good while doing time

With his hearty smile, salt-and-pepper beard and pillowy belly, Harvey George would make a perfect Santa -- so it's no surprise to see him fretting about Christmas as early as October. But come December, he will not be making his gift-giving rounds in a sleigh. In fact, he won't get much farther than a 6-ft.-by-12-ft. cell in East Jersey State Prison. For one bunch of determined philanthropists, charity begins behind bars.

George, who is serving a life sentence for conspiracy to commit murder, is president of Lifers' Group Inc., headquartered behind four security doors in the gloomy Victorian fortress in Rahway,...

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