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Operation New Hope partnered again with Desmond Meade of the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition to deliver 6,000 masks to the Jacksonville Jail.
Desmond Meade is the driving force behind Amendment 4, which restored the voting rights of people with prior felony convictions and was overwhelmingly supported by Florida voters, and has been delivering supplies to people affected by COVID-19. We partnered with Meade last month to deliver masks to the Florida Department of Corrections at the Lake Butler Reception Medical Center. We are so thankful for Desmond’s generosity and willingness to address the public health crisis facing our community, correctional officers and inmates.
Chief Warren Calloway of the Jails Division accepted the donation and said that the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office was working hard to keep officers and inmates safe. He was thankful for the mask donation and said they would certainly help in their efforts. The latest numbers from the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office indicate that 45% of jail inmates are now in COVID quarantine.
Operation New Hope remains committed to providing reentry services to formerly incarcerated individuals and helping people make the most of their second chances. It is community efforts like these that will help us get through this pandemic and remind us that we are all in this together.