Meek Mill and Jay-Z launch criminal justice reform organization

"We want to change outdated laws, give people hope and reform a system" said the rapper.
2:00 | 01/23/19

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Transcript for Meek Mill and Jay-Z launch criminal justice reform organization
Newark new rappers need to mill and Jaycee and the New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft are joining other business leaders in midtown to push for nationwide criminal justice reform. The effort stems from make mills controversial prison sentence for minor probation violations eyewitness is reported all the miles live in the newsroom with more dollars. Well David this is a fifty million dollar commitment for criminal justice reform. The goal is to change the laws for those caught up in the revolving door of minor parole violations. Now the new initiative is called the reform alliance and it'll be led by CNN commentator and longtime criminal reform advocate Van Jones. The project announced just this morning at John Jay college and the founding partners include as you mentioned day but the owners of the Philadelphia 76ers. The the owner of the New England Patriots and also Jay-Z. On the bill has been campaigning for justice reform. Since he was jailed for parole violation last year it was just a technical violation for popping really during a midi music video issued. But he would sentence for that role violation to. Two to four years in jail stemming from a 2008. Arrest he was released after spending five months in jail. And after a major social media campaign to have him released so now the 31 year old rapper says he wants to speak for the people who do not have a voice. When I was in my situation a lot of people stood up for me and put their face on alive for me and when I was in his last situation. I've seen. The TV and last and those are people stand in the rain in and about them meaning in March from me. In May anyone use a lot of my time in my life says double bay as support the people and their families are the people who actually came out and stood up for me. Now at a press conference is still going on right now it John Jay college but the founders of this alliance say. This is going to be a bipartisan issue for criminal justice reform and they hope. Once it's put in place. It will help more than a million people David Martin -- thanks a lot.

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