PPE Into Prisons

[Updated: 6/26/20]

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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.

** We are currently directing funds to San Quentin State Prison where there is a major COVID outbreak. Tomorrow we'll send out 700 KN95s to SQSP. Looking to raise $4K which will cover all residents and staff (4300 more people) **

As the situation with COVID continues to worsen 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 (1780 residents) -- 500 KN95s
- Pulaski State Prison, a women's prison in Georgia (1200 residents) -- 750 surgical masks and 500 KN95s
- East Jersey State Prison, a men's prison in New Jersey (1500 residents) -- 1000 surgical masks.
- Ohio Dept. of Corrections (49,000 incarcerated; for dispersal to most needed) -- 5000 surgical masks.
- Cook County Jail, a jail in Chicago (approx. 4500 detainees) -- 1000 surgical masks.
- Ohio Reformatory for Women (2450 residents) -- 2450 surgical masks.
- Tulsa County Family Center for Juvenile Justice, a juvenile detention facility in Oklahoma (63 detainee capacity) --- 500 KN95 masks.

Next order:
- San Quentin State Prison, a men's prison in California (4000 residents) -- will be ordering as many KN95s as we can upon facility approval (Monday latest).

2,350 KN95 masks / 11,450 surgical masks
TTL: 13,800 MASKS

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

We have a solid vendor for KN95, surgical masks, and hand sanitizer. 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?
If worn only when you leave your cell, the surgical masks can last about a week. Many prisons have specifically requested these masks, as they are dealing with large populations and these are cheaper. The KN95s could last a few weeks under the same circumstances.
6/25/20 update: We recently acquired a high quality / affordable KN95 vendor and are shifting our focus these masks. They last much longer than the surgicals and will help prevent the spread of the virus more effectively.

2. How long will masks take to ship?
Order ship out between 1-3 days after order.

3. What PPE are you supplying?
Mostly masks (surgical and KN95), 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 and would like to send more.

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 have specified to each prison that these donations are for the residents. At some of the prisons we are reaching out to, we have contacts who we are communicating with regularly and we will gain intell on whose hands the PPE lands in. As of mid-June this has not been an issue.
6/25/20 update: At San Quentin they have specified they will distribute masks to residents and guards. To ensure all incarcerated are covered, we are aiming to send enough masks for ALL residents and guards (5000 ppl. total).

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.
Milishia Gosha, DJC artist. Pulaski Prison, Georgia.
& Mark Springer, Board Director and DJC artist. London CI, Ohio.


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