US musicians Jay-Z and Meek Mill have sent 100,000 masks to prisoners amidst the coronavirus pandemic, under their REFORM Alliance organisation.
The rapping duo head the REFORM Alliance, an organisation set up to reform the criminal justice system by changing laws and policies. They donated 40,000 masks to Tennessee, 50,000 to Rikers Island and 5,000 to Parchman.
They shared on Twitter: “WE JUST DONATED 100k MASKS TO PEOPLE BEHIND BARS … that includes 50k to #Rikers, 40k to @TNTDOC1 and 5k to #ParchmanPrison … THANK YOU to our friend @ShakaSenghor for leading this charge. We need to protect vulnerable people behind bars & GET THEM OUT! (sic)”
Whilst REFORM Alliance’s chief advocacy officer Jessica Jackson added to CBS News: “It’s a very vulnerable population. We’re really worried about the number of people coming in and out of the facility, and the fact that the people living there might be sitting ducks during this pandemic.”
The organisation is also calling for people to contact their local governors to try and support those in prison.