Last week, Mill’s criminal justice organization launched the S.A.F.E.R. Plan, which outlines how correctional facilities and supervision offices can prevent the spread of COVID-19 among inmates and the guards and staff who return to their outside communities each day.
“We’re fighting hard, but we need everyone’s voice right now. Talk to your Governor today and tell him to protect people behind bars from #COVID19. Safer prisons = safer communities,” the Philadelphia-born rapper tweeted with a link to REFORM Alliance’s digital tool that guides people through talking points over the phone before directly connecting them to speak with their statewide legislator.
REFORM Alliance’s page addresses how hardly any states have addressed the coronavirus pandemic’s effect on the 2.3 million people in jails and prisons across the United States, which don’t provide adequate environments to implement CDC- and WHO-recommended social distancing and self-quarantine practices.
But fighting for coronavirus prevention measures in prisons hits even more closer to home for Mill than most think.
The formerly incarcerated artist, 38, took to Twitter on Tuesday to share his unusual declining health status back in December 2019, insinuating he might have contracted COVID-19 at the time. “I was extremely sick in December around christmas time with flu like symptoms… everyday I said to myself a older person cannot survive this!” Mill wrote. “I lost like 15 pounds and could barely move! I never been that sick.. a doctor never told me what it was.”
Read both of Mill’s statements below.