Jay-Z and Meek Mill’s criminal justice reform organization ‘The Reform Alliance’ is sending 100,000 masks to correctional facilities across the country to try and help curb the spread of the global pandemic.
The reform alliance is a new initiative focused on overhauling the probation and parole system with the goal of freeing at least 1 million people caught up in the system within the next five years.
For Meek, this initiative is close to heart because he has once spent some time in prison. Mill famously spent five months in prison on a technical probation violation for popping a wheelie, reflected on more than a decade spent in the system. “Every time I started fulfilling my life [within] the music industry, every year or two, there was always something that brought me back to ground zero because of probation. I always wondered what happened to the people in situations worse than mine,” Mill said. “I’m one of the lucky ones. I’m here to speak for the ones who don’t have a voice. I didn’t ask to be the face of reform, but I want to bridge gaps and make the world a better place, especially for my culture.”
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