Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey has promised $10 million to help US jails battle the COVID-19 pandemic that is underway. The donation is given to REFORM Alliance, a criminal justice advocacy organization that will buy 10 million face masks and personal protective equipment (PPEs) for prisoners and other employees. “$10mm to @REFORM Alliance to get PPE to every prison and jail in America, all towards their mission of reforming the criminal justice system,” Dorsey tweeted on Monday.
“The goal is to help ensure the incarcerated population, correctional officers, healthcare workers, & personnel working state, federal, & private facilities are protected from COVID-19 exposure,” he added. The funds come from the # startsmall project by Dorsey, which has a total of $1 billion, donated in April by Dorsey using equity from his mobile payment business Square.
“The criminal justice system needs to improve,” Dorsey said. Covid-19 contributes to the injustices and REFORM is ideally suited to help. Dorsey said he’s funded $40 million in grants in the past, largely privately, to several groups with proven effect and performance. The non-profit organization of Dorsey and pop star Rihanna, The Clara Lionel Foundation (CLF), has set up a joint fund of $4.2 million to support victims of domestic abuse in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis.