Jay-Z and Meek Mill are sending millions of masks to prisons through their prison reform nonprofit

Twitter's CEO donated $10 million towards the cause, funding millions of masks to send to prisons across the country.


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Meek Mill and Jay-Z are sending 10 million surgical masks to prisons across the country through their prison reform nonprofit, thanks to a generous donation from Twitter's CEO.

Twitter co-founder and CEO Jack Dorsey donated $10 million to The Reform Alliance that spurred the growth of the mask distribution program to prisons, Rolling Stone reported.

Prisons have been particularly hard hit by coronavirus because of many inmates being unable to social distance within a confined space and having a lack of personal protective equipment.

The largest prison outbreak in the U.S. was at Marion Correctional Institution in Ohio, where more than 2,000 inmates were infected — about 80% of the prison population, according to reports.

“I’m grateful Reform exists,” Dorsey said in a statement, the magazine reported. “The criminal justice system needs to change. COVID-19 adds to the injustices, and Reform is best suited to help.”

shawn "jay z" carter l and meek mill attend the launch of the reform alliance at john jay college on january 23, 2019 in new york city
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Shawn "Jay-Z" Carter (L) and Meek Mill attend the launch of The Reform Alliance at John Jay College on January 23, 2019 in New York City.

Dorsey said last month he would dedicate $1 billion — about 28% of his wealth — for charitable causes, CNN reported. His immediate focus would be on coronavirus relief efforts.

Last month, Reform sent more than 100,000 masks to correctional facilities that have been hard hit by coronavirus through a partnership with Madonna's charitable organization Ray of Light, CBS News reported.

The 10 million surgical masks will be distributed throughout facilities in the U.S.

The Reform Alliance launched in January 2019.