With the launch REFORM Alliance, Jay-Z and Meek Mill hope to alter the US felony justice system for the higher.
Last September, Jay-Z’s TIDAL streaming music service launched , its fourth annual live performance.
TIDAL donated 100% of final yr’s proceeds to assist felony justice reform. Non-profit companions included REFORM and the Equal Justice Initiative.
Jay-Z has taken an energetic position within the nation’s jail and felony justice reform. In an op-ed piece within the New York Times, he described the felony justice system ‘traps younger, economically-disadvantaged African Americans.’ The rapper/entrepreneur – actual title Shawn Carter – wrote this doomed them to a ‘lifetime of poverty and crime.’
Carter has lengthy defended Meek Mill, sentenced by a choose a number of instances to jail since his teenagers.
Now, Carter, together with Meek Mill, have launched a brand new felony justice reform group.
REFORM-ing the US jail system.
Other founding companions and board members embody Michael Rubin (Philadelphia 76ers Co-Owner/Fanatics Executive Chairman), Robert Kraft (Kraft Group CEO/New England Patriots Owner), Clara Wu Tsai (Brooklyn Nets Co-Owner), Daniel S. Leob (Third Point LLC Founder), Michael E. Novogratz (Galaxy Digital Founder), and Robert F. Smith (Vista Equity Partners Founder). They have collectively pledged round $50 million to launch the group.
Rubin, Carter, Jones, and Kraft had all publicly pushed for Williams’ launch from jail.
Williams had first gone to jail over questionable gun prices in 2008. A choose subsequently re-sentenced him a number of instances to jail for arguably violating his parole.
REFORM Alliance, a felony justice reform effort, will work carefully with lawmakers to scale back the variety of folks on parole and on probation.
At a launch occasion yesterday, Williams explained he hopes to assist others present in his scenario.
“I’m one of many fortunate ones, even in any case I went by way of. I’m right here to talk for the individuals who don’t have a voice.”
The group’s objectives additionally embody highlighting tales of these whose minor violations and subsequent jail time modified their lives for the more serious. REFORM Alliance gained’t present authorized protection for folks to defend themselves, nevertheless.
In a separate assertion, Meek Mill concluded,
“Creating the REFORM Alliance is without doubt one of the most vital issues I’ve ever performed in my life. If you thought my case was unfair, there are hundreds of thousands of others coping with worse conditions and caught up within the system with out committing crimes.
“With this alliance, we need to change outdated legal guidelines, give folks hope and reform a system that’s stacked towards us.”
Featured picture by Rich Thane (CC by 2.zero).