While the United States is pretty much on lockdown because of The Coronavirus, prisoners are locked down more and are fighting to stay healthy and not contract the virus.
Jay-Z and Meek Mill have their backs.
On April 3, the REFORM Alliance announced that co-founders Jay-Z, Meek Mill, Robert Kraft, Michael Rubin and more are joining forces with author Shaka Senghor to send almost 100,000 surgical masks to prisons across the country.
Rikers Island in New York City, which has so far had 231 inmates and 223 staff members that tested positive for the virus, will receive 50,000 masks and another 2,500 for the Rikers’ medical facility.
The Tennessee Department of Corrections will be given 40,000 masks, while Mississippi State Penitentiary is set to receive 5,000 masks.
This comes as no surprise, as Jay-Z and Yo Gotti have been working to help the prisons in Mississippi for some time now.
Great job, Jay-Z, Meek, and team.
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Thanks to leadership from our friend @shakasenghor, we were able to rush 50,000 masks into Rikers Island (where there are nearly 500 confirmed cases of #COVID19 among incarcerated people and staff), 40,000 masks to the Tennessee DOC, and 5,000 masks to Parchman Prison in Mississippi. As important as it is to surge medical supplies in, it’s MORE important to GET PEOPLE OUT. Please, help us by calling your Governor and signing our petition at the link in our bio. #NoPrisonPandemic