Reform Alliance officially announced that it has received a 70,000 mask donation from Grammy award-winning singer Kelly Rowland. The organization will provide the personal protective equipment to Prison and Jail facilities in Harris County. The PPE will protect the incarcerated population, correctional officers, healthcare workers, and personal from COVID-19 exposure. By mid over 1,000 incarcerated people and jail staff in the Harris County Jail contracted COVID-19, the infection rate was one of the highest for jails in the United States, The Houston Chronicle 1,300 cases remained in jail as of last week.
Now, 37 cases of COVID-19 have been reported at Atlanta’s Fulton County jail, which has an incarcerated population of 2,600.55% of people admitted to prison in Georgia who are there for probation violations.
We are thankful to Kelly for her generosity and care for our incarcerated population, Reform Alliance CEO Van Jones said in a statement, “Reform Alliance CEO Van Jones said in a statement As Our Country shifts its attention to reopening and we can’t forget about the millions of people that remain incarcerated and that continue to struggle with the devastating threat of COVID-19.
Kelly Rowland’s generosity follows last month’s partnership between Reform and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, in which they delivered more than 10 million masks to prisons nationwide. Of that total, roughly 95,000 people are incarcerated for nonviolent, technical probation violations such as being late to a probation appointment and filing inaccurate paperwork.