Jay Z and Meek Mill are helping prisons adjust to life amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
As per reps for the pair’s REFORM Alliance, the justice reform organization co-founded by the stars, the collective donated more than 130,000 surgical masks to correctional facilities to help inmates, correctional officers and health care workers survive during the outbreak. “COVID-19 spreads most quickly in crowded and closed environments, and our jails and prisons are at high risk for an outbreak,” a statement from the organization read. “This is a huge threat to public health. Right now, hardly any government officials have a plan to address this crisis. REFORM does. We have worked with experts and advocates from across the political aisle to develop a set of common-sense recommendations that would make us all SAFER.”
Among the locations receiving masks include the Tennessee Department of Corrections (40,000), New York’s Rikers Island (50,000) and its medical facility (2,500), the Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman (5,000) and South Carolina prisons (30,000). Click here to sign REFORM’s COVID-19 active petition to assist public officials in protecting inmates from the virus.
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