NEW YORK – A coalition of big names in the area of sports and entertainment takes over the reform of criminal justice.
Raptors Mike Mill and Jay-Z and Philadelphia 76 Brooklyn Nets and Super Bowl in New England Patriots gathered in New York on Wednesday to announce the launch of an organization that will lobby for changes to probation laws and conditional release.
The reform alliance will be led by Van Jones, a CNN host and activist serving as adviser to former President Barack Obama
Sixerson's owner Michael Rubin said the group is dedicating $ 50 million to the effort. jailed for minor violations of his probation conditions in a ten-year case with arms and possession of drugs. He spent months in prison before the court released him.
The contractor said the reform initiative "is one of the most important things I've done in my life" and that he talks about people who do not
About 2.2 million people in the US are closed, 4.5 million are in probation or conditional release, according to government statistics.
"If you think my case is unfair, there are millions of others dealing with worse situations and getting into the system without committing crimes," said Mil, who will remain in trial by 2023. "With this we want to change obsolete laws, give people hope, and reform a system that is organized against
Jones said the Reform Alliance is pursuing the probation cycle and the conditional release violations that lead people back to jail.
"This is the swinging door that holds people back and forth in hell and back – said Jones. – We will destroy this rotating
Patriot owner Robert Kraft said the current system "is not good for America."
"We can make America better if we really cure this problem," he said.