PPE Into Prisons

This campaign ended on 10/28/20.
Thanks to your support, we were able to send a total of 30,285 masks to 19 states and over two dozen prisons and jails. We will release a full report on the campaign before year-end and post it on this page.

DJC Records is a non-profit record label for formerly and currently incarcerated musicians. We have done recordings in five prisons across the country and communicate with several musicians, lyricists, and visual artists who are currently incarcerated; a total of 33 individuals in 13 prisons.

We began this campaign on April 13 by reaching out to the 13 prisons we have collaborators at to see if they would accept PPE donations. We received three approvals, seven denials (three were good on supplies), and three did not reply. As our campaign has grown we've adapted a simple model: whichever prisons are most in need / first come first serve.

As COVID19 continues to spread in prisons (for latest data, see this Marshall Project link), we will continue to hold this fundraiser for the indefinite future. As we hit our goals, we will continue to raise them. Basically, we ain't goin nowhere. We're here to be a conduit.

- CMCF Youthful Offender Unit, a juvenile prison in Mississippi (42 residents) -- 600 KN95 masks and 24 bottles of 16 oz. hand sanitizer.
- Taconic Correctional Facility, a women's prison in New York (502 residents) -- 250 surgical masks, 250 KN95s.
- Ross Correctional Institution, a men's prison in Ohio (1,780 residents) -- 500 KN95s
- Pulaski State Prison, a women's prison in Georgia (1,200 residents) -- 750 surgical masks and 500 KN95s
- East Jersey State Prison, a men's prison in New Jersey (1,500 residents) -- 1,000 surgical masks.
- Ohio Dept. of Corrections (49,000 incarcerated; for dispersal to most needed) -- 5,000 surgical masks.
- Cook County Jail, a jail in Chicago (approx. 4,500 detainees) -- 1,000 surgical masks.
- Ohio Reformatory for Women (2,450 residents) -- 2,450 surgical masks.
- Tulsa County Family Center for Juvenile Justice, a juvenile detention facility in Oklahoma (63 detainee capacity) --- 500 KN95 masks, 50 cloth masks (in-kind donation).
- San Quentin State Prison, a men's prison in California (4,000 residents) -- 350 high-quality N95 masks.
- Florence Service Processing Center, an immigration detention center in Arizona (200 detainees currently) -- 100 KN95 masks, 210 cloth masks w/ pocket filter
- Bluebonnet Detention Facility, an immigration detention center in Texas (1,000 detainee capacity) -- 300 cloth masks (in-kind donation).
- OC Juvenile Hall, a juvenile jail in California (180 residents) -- 180 face shields, 50 cloth masks (in-kind donation).
- FCI Seagoville, a men's federal prison in Texas (1,800 residents) -- 2,000 surgical masks, 250 KN95
- Nye Detention Center, a jail and ICE facility in Nevada (250 residents) -- 270 cloth masks w/ pocket filter.
- Santa Ana Jail, adult jail in California (2,000 residents) -- 2,000 surgical masks.
- Arkansas Dept. of Corrections (18,000 incarcerated; for dispersal to most needed) -- 600 KN95s.
- Sterling Correctional Facility, a men's prison in Colorado (2,500+ residents) -- 500 KN95 masks.
- Dade Correctional Institution, a men's prison in Colorado (1,521 residents) -- 2000 surgical masks.
- Kentucky Correctional Institution for Women, a women's prison in Kentucky (683 residents) -- 350 KN95 masks, 65 cloth masks w/ pocket filter.
- Eddie Warrior Correctional Facility, a women's prison in Oklahoma (999 residents) -- 2000 surgical masks.
- Oklahoma Dept. of Corrections, for dispersal to Dick Connor Correctional Center (1,500 residents) and North Fork CC (2,400 residents) -- 510 cloth masks w/ pocket filter.
- Kettle Moraine Correctional Institution, a men's prison in Wisconsin (1,100 residents) -- 2000 surgical masks.
- Oshkosh Correctional Institution, a men's prison in Wisconsin (2000+ residents) -- 2000 surgical masks.
- Montana State Prison, a men's prison in Montana (1,600  residents) -- 700 KN95 masks.

4,850 KN95 masks / 23,450 surgical masks / 350 N95 masks / 1,455 cloth masks / 180 face shields
TTL: 30,285 MASKS

For information on our past purchases and plans for future allocation, see https://diejimcrow.com/ppe-campaign/

We have solid vendors for masks, hand sanitizer, and other PPE. Any PPE donations are welcome. For more information you can email us at diejimcrow at gmail dot com.

Thank you
Fury Young
Executive Director


1. How effective are the masks you are providing?
KN95s & N95s - 3-4 weeks
Cloth - several months if washed properly.
Face shields - indefinitely
Surgical - a week

2. How long will masks take to ship?
Now that supply is more fluid, orders generally ship out day of.

3. What PPE are you supplying?
Mostly masks, as this is most in need. Hand sanitizer comes in smaller quantities and we are dealing with large prison populations, but we have shipped twenty-four 16 oz. bottles of hand sanitizer to a Mississippi juvenile prison.

4. Are you accepting high-quality hand sewn masks?
Yes, but it depends on the prison. If you have access to high quality hand sewn masks, please contact us at diejimcrow at gmail dot com so we can discuss details.

5. Will this PPE go to those incarcerated or the guards?
We specify to each prison that these donations are for the residents. At a few prisons they have specified that they are in need of masks for guards as well. Due to the seriousness of the situation, this is in line with our mission of protecting those incarcerated.
We follow up with every facility to make sure donations were received and distributed as discussed when seeking donation. At two of the prisons we have donated to, we have collaborators from our label who received our masks.

We seek to provide full transparency in this effort. Please email us if you have more questions or things we should add to this FAQ: diejimcrow at gmail dot com.

Pictured in campaign photo: Charles "C-Will" Williams, DJC artist. London CI, Ohio (London was not in need of PPE when asked).
Residents and officers wearing cloth masks we sent at Nye County Jail, Nevada.
Milishia Gosha, DJC artist. Pulaski Prison, Georgia, where we sent 750 surgical masks and 500 KN95s.
& Mark Springer, Board Director and DJC artist. London CI, Ohio.
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