As you may know, COVID-19 is having devastating effects in prisons and jails across the country. Here in Illinois, the Cook County Jail is one of the largest clusters of the epidemic, with over 600 incarcerated individuals and over 400 staff members having tested positive to the virus. Seven individuals who were incarcerated at the jail died of COVID-19 while awaiting trial and three correction officers died of COVID-19.
The men and women incarcerated at the Cook County Jail are particularly vulnerable, given that physical distancing measures are nearly impossible to implement in a jail environment, and that the virus has already spread widely across the jail complex.
To help protect the incarcerated individuals and staff at the Cook County Jail, a group of educators who offer courses and programs at the jail came together to launch a fundraising campaign to provide personal protective equipment (PPE) to the jail. This initiative, led by the Community Partners in Dialogue—CCJ (CPiD-CCJ), endeavors to raise $5,000 by June 30, 2020, to purchase soap, masks, gloves, and sanitizer for the Cook County Jail, to help protect all persons at the jail impacted by COVID-19. The initiative's fiscal sponsor is the McCormick Theological Seminary.
If you wish to make a donation, please visit https://support.mccormick.edu, contribute to the DoJustice fund, check the box community partner, and in the comments section, tell us how you heard about the fundraiser.
If you wish to advertise the campaign, please use the hashtags #PPE4CCJ, #DOJUSTICE, #WEMATTERTOO.
If you or your organization would like to get involved with Community Partners in Dialogue—CCJ efforts, please email Jia Johnson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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