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Jay Z Takes on Criminal Justice Reform for Father's Day

Jay Z Takes on Criminal Justice Reform for Father's Day

With the recent birth of his and Beyonce‘s twins, Jay Z has a lot to celebrate this Father’s Day.

The 47-year-old rapper has also chosen to ring in the holiday by sharing his thoughts on another important topic – the American prison system and the bail bond industry.

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“On any given day over 400,000 people, convicted of no crime, are held in jail because they cannot afford to buy their freedom,” he wrote in a new op-ed essay for Time. “When black and brown people are over-policed and arrested and accused of crimes at higher rates than others, and then forced to pay for their freedom before they ever see trial, big bail companies prosper.”

Jay also stated that, this Father’s Day, he will be donating to the same organizations that bailed out mothers on Mother’s Day. “As a father with a growing family, it’s the least I can do, but philanthropy is not a long fix, we have to get rid of these inhumane practices altogether,” he shared. “We can’t fix our broken criminal justice system until we take on the exploitative bail industry.”

Read Jay‘s full op-ed here.

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  • DEADP00L

    Brother will be making enemies now; and these enemies work all over the globe. Injustice anywhere truly is injustice everywhere. Jay Z best not leave any room for contradiction or hypocrisy or that will be used it against him worse than anything. The marginalized need their voices heard in every format and form.

    Keep on speaking Jay Z and keep on putting actions to your words.

  • Curt Noydb

    Drug dealer, gang member and murderer wants criminal justice reform?. Just another “victim myth” from the obamaites.

  • BeautifulSupreme

    Maybe people should try to stay out of jail and avoid the whole situation….

  • DEADP00L

    Because a bike thief or a person with pot really deserves to be thrown into prison with no chance at paying bail — instead of community service.

  • BeautifulSupreme

    Sorry, don’t steal a bike if you don’t want to risk jail!!! You really need to look at your logic.

  • Fred alonso

    This heinous street criminal belongs in prison himself.

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  • DEADP00L

    Petty offenses like stealing bikes do not merit jail time. I have had numerous bikes stolen you actually think I am going to ruin a human beings ENTIRE life for a THING? Really? GTFOH. I work hard for everything I have and I know how hard life is; without making it harder on somebody else. People who steal in general don’t do it for fun, they have their reasons and in a world where entire governments steal from our tax dollars to pay for their donors lifestyles, I am not remotely interested in jailing a bike thief. Community service will do just fine and give them prospects that will actually help them while getting justice.

  • BeautifulSupreme

    I think stealing in any form is a problem. The fact that you seem to think it’s ok to break the law is also a problem.

  • DEADP00L

    You know what was the law?
    Jewish families being rounded up by Nazis and thrown into concentration camps. Totally LEGAL and enforce by the law enforcers ” just following orders”.
    The camps themselves were LEGAL.
    The extermination of people was LEGAL.
    The act of experimenting on people was LEGAL
    Poisoning our soil and air is LEGAL
    Separating families and shipping them off to different states after a natural disaster is LEGAL.
    Executing people based on their sexual preferences was and still is LEGAL.
    Denying representation and indefinite detention is LEGAL.

    The law means absolutely nothing, it is a tool to be used and abused and people like you spent all their days excusing abuse of the law rather than challenging those that abuse it. The cop out of legality is always utilized by those that are in the moral, ethical and historical wrong. Legality and the law arent remotely and automatically right.

    Why do you think we have checks and balances? Because “the law” is what needs to be kept in line from going too far.

    You are the problem, not me.