Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey has donated $10 million to the REFORM Alliance in order to help distribute personal protective equipment to incarcerated people.
“I’m grateful Reform exists,” Dorsey stated.
“The criminal justice system needs to change. COVID-19 adds to the injustices, and Reform is best suited to help,” he added.
“Not only will this gift help us protect millions from the threat of COVID-19, but this level of support from a tech titan marks a turning point for the criminal justice reform movement. It’s truly an honor to call Jack an ally in this fight, be able to provide masks to every prison in America and potentially save tens of thousands of lives,” REFORM Alliance CEO Van Jones continued.
With the help of Dorsey, the REFORM Alliance will purchase more than 10 million face masks and distribute them to incarcerated people across the country. As of May 12, more than 4.2 million people had been diagnosed with the COVID-19 virus. Focusing on the country’s incarcerated population, prisons and jails have seen a major spike in cases of COVID-19. Last week, 70% of the Lompoc Federal Prison population had contracted the virus. Elsewhere, a federal prison in Fort Worth, Texas had reported more than 600 cases.