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COVID-19: Jay-Z & Meek Mill donate 100,000 masks for prisoners

The rapping duo are heads of REFORM Alliance, an organisation set up to reform the criminal justice system in the US by changing laws and policies.

Face masks donated to prisoners amid the coronavirus pandemic by American rappers Jay-Z and Meek Mill through their REFORM Alliance organisation. Picture: @REFORM/Twitter.

LONDON - Jay-Z and Meek Mill have sent 100,000 masks to prisoners amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic under their REFORM Alliance organisation.

The rapping duo are heads of REFORM Alliance, an organisation set up to reform the criminal justice system in the US 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 also called for people to contact their local governors to try and support those in prison.

They shared on their website: "COVID-19 spreads most quickly in crowded and closed environments, and our jails and prisons are at high risk for an outbreak. 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. We urgently need your help to get the attention of public officials. Please raise your voice. We're all in this together. (sic)"