Many celebrities have played their part in stopping the spread of the coronavirus as cases continue to increase worldwide. The criminal justice organization REFORM Alliance by Jay-Z and Meek Mill is the latest donation to make a difference.
According to CBS News, the REFORM Alliance sends nearly 100,000 surgical masks to various correctional facilities across the country. Some of these facilities include the Mississippi State Penitentiary in Parchman and Rikers Island Prison in New York City. The masks are used to protect inmates, health workers and law enforcement officers.
Jessica Jackson, Chief Advocacy Officer at REFORM, said: "It is a very vulnerable population. We are really concerned about the number of people entering and leaving the facility and the fact that people live there during this pandemic could be ducks. "
The REFORM Alliance announced on Friday that 40,000 masks were going to the Tennessee Department of Corrections, 5,000 masks to Parchman and 50,000 to Rikers Island, and another 2,500 to a Rikers medical facility.
Those who have campaigned for the inmates have indicated that the spread of the virus among the detained population is increasing because they are confined to confined spaces, making it difficult for them to practice social distancing.
CBS reports that New York, with 231 inmates and 223 inmates in New York prisons who tested positive for the virus, has the biggest outbreak behind bars.
As we reported earlier, Jay-Z's Shawn Carter Foundation, together with Rihanna's Clara Lionel Foundation, donated a combined amount to various organizations earlier this week to help alleviate the outbreak of the coronavirus.
It's great to see so many celebrities from our community helping in important ways.
Source : https://www.cbsnews.com/news/jay-z-meek-mill-face-masks-reform-alliance-face-masks-jails-prisons/
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