Rappers Set Sights on Criminal Justice Reform

Rappers Set Sights on Criminal Justice Reform
Mike Barry from Wirral, England [CC BY 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Rappers Meek Mill and Jay-Z are teaming up to do their part in pushing for criminal justice reform.

According to Page Six:

Rappers Meek Mill and Jay-Z have launched Reform Alliance — a new criminal justice-reform initiative that will lobby to change probation and parole laws — with Patriots owner Robert Kraft, 76ers co-owner Michael Rubin and others.

The group has pledged $50 million and hired Van Jones as CEO.

Meek infamously served five months in prison in Philly for probation violations on a decade-old drug and gun conviction from an allegedly tainted trial.

He told Page Six at the launch at John Jay College of Criminal Justice: “There are [millions] who never had a voice, and lost everything they had, because of the things that we are facing now and things we are trying to address.” Reform Alliance aims to free 1 million people or more over five years.

Criminal justice reform has gained traction since President Trump took office. He recently signed the first step act into law which helps keep offenders from recidivism.

 Source: American Update

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