Coronavirus: Jay-Z, Meek Mill’s Reform Alliance donates 100,000 surgical masks to prisons

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Jay-Z and Meek Mill are helping to provide much-needed protective equipment to prisons amid the coronavirus pandemic.

According to People magazine, the rappers’ Reform Alliance, an organization that aims to reform the criminal justice system, recently donated 100,000 surgical masks to prisons, including Rikers Correctional Center in New York, the Tennessee Department of Corrections and the Mississippi State Penitentiary.

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″COVID-19 spreads most quickly in crowded and closed environment, and our jails and prisons are at high risk for an outbreak," the organization said on its website. “This is a huge threat to public health.”

The donated masks will be used by inmates, officers and medical workers in the facilities, CBS News reported.

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Shawn "Jay-Z" Carter (left) and Meek Mill attend the launch of The Reform Alliance at John Jay College on Jan. 23, 2019, in New York City.
Shawn "Jay-Z" Carter (left) and Meek Mill attend the launch of The Reform Alliance at John Jay College on Jan. 23, 2019, in New York City. (Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for The Reform Alliance)