Lecrae Gives 16k Masks To Inmates In Ga. Jail

Christian hip hop artist Lecrae along with his Reach Records Family, Live Free USA, and Rev. Billy M. Honor, Director of the New Georgia Project, delivered 16,000 masks and hand sanitizers to Fulton County Jail on Friday.

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The humanitarian campaign was a part of the Live Free USA's Masks For The People's initiative. Lecrae partnered with the organization, which was launched by pastor Mike McBride and comedian w. Kamau Bell in June.

He joined with Rev. Billy Honor, Director of The New Georgia Project, and other community leaders and has been dedicated to supplying 70,000 masks to incarcerated people, essential workers, protesters, and the most vulnerable residents in the Atlanta Metro area. Rev. Honor organized the event and says the Fulton County Jail was selected as the first institution to receive the allotment of masks and hand sanitizer because they are the largest jail in the county. 

As the number of COVID-19 cases continues to rise across the country, concerns regarding the safety of incarcerated men and women have become a national debate.  According to the AJC, The Fulton County Jail can house up to 2,591 inmates, and it is reported that annually the institution can house roughly 23,000 inmates.

In April, Advocacy groups like the Southern Center for Human Rights (SCHR) filed a lawsuit due on behalf of inmates who say that the jail failed to ensure safe and sanitary conditions. SCHR was worried that the longstanding problems of the facility exceeding capacity while being understaffed before the pandemic would create a hot spot for the coronavirus spread. 

Fulton County Sheriff Ted Jackson says he is appreciative of the generous allotment, and they need all the help they can get to help stop the spread of COVID-19. In June, jail officials presented a plan to build isolation units to help control the possible spread of COVID-19. The units would have added 96 beds to the Rice Street jail for men and 24 beds to the Union City Jail for women; however, the Fulton County commissioners rejected the plan citing the plan was not a good enough return on the investment. 

Sheriff Jackson spoke about the need for more masks, the number of inmates who have tested positive for COVID-19, and the measures being taken to ensure the jail's staff and inmates' safety.  

Lecrae and Rev. Honor's push to provide more PPE to incarnated men and women is just an extension of their efforts.

Lecrae gives 16k masks to Fulton County Jail
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The Christian hip hop artist philanthropy in the community are a physical manifestation of what he calls faith in action. At the onset of COVID-19, Lecrae helped fund and place portable handwashing around the Atlanta Metro area for homeless and displaced people to clean their hands in response to the Coronavirus pandemic. He has also partnered on several major real estate projects to restore Atlanta's English Avenue, an area known for its rampant drug trafficking and violent crime statistics. 

As Director of  The New Georgia Project, Rev. Honor says the organization's mission is to register and civically engage Georgians. They also advocate for the safety and care of these minority communities. 
Stacey Abrams founded the New Georgia Project, and Rev. Honor provided more insight about their community efforts. 

 Earlier this week, Georgia ranked 9th on a list of states that have surpassed 100,000 COVID-19 cases.