Meek Mill, Jay-Z Launch Reform Alliance, Aims To Change The Criminal Justice System

Written by on January 29, 2019

Maria Therese Agcopra Agcopra – Fourth Estate Contributor

Manhattan, NY, United States (4E) – Rapper Meek Mill, hip hop mogul Jay-Z, and Philadelphia 76ers co-owner Michael Rubin recently launched the Reform Alliance, an initiative that is dedicated to changing the criminal justice system.

According to Reform Alliance, 4.5 million people, like Mill, are currently under parole or probation on unreasonable conditions. It is the aim of the organization to change “illogical laws that make no sense.”

The creation of Reform Alliance was inspired by Mill’s story and his own experience with the US criminal justice system. In November 2017, the rapper was sentenced to two to four years in state prison for doing wheelies on a dirt bike. Although minor, it was deemed a violation for the terms of his probation. At the time, Mill was granted probation for his conviction for gun and drug possession. After several appeals, he was released after serving five months in prison.

“Every time I started to further my life… every year or two there was always something that brought me back to ground zero and that was probation,” Mill told the audience during the press conference at Manhattan, as quoted by CBS News. “I always wondered what happened to the people that was [sic] in situations worse than mine.”

Rubin, in support of Mill, noted that the rapper taught him so much about the world that he didn’t understand and about “the great injustice that are going on.”

According to Rolling stone, Reform Alliance has also partnered with Robert Kraft, Clara Wu Tsai, Michael Novogratz, and Daniel Loeb.

The goal of Reform Alliance is to reduce the number of people serving parole and probation from 4.5 million to 1 million over the next five years. Rubin explained that while people on parole or probation take up two-thirds of the population under the criminal justice system, it is the area that is least focused on.

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