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Meek Mill and Jay Z have just launched “REFORM Alliance,” a new criminal justice reform organization with Van Jones as the appointed CEO. The mission of the organization is to “advance criminal justice reform and eliminate outdated laws that perpetuate injustice, starting with probation and parole.”
Other founding partners and board members include Philadelphia 76ers co-owner Michael Rubin, Kraft Group CEO and New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, Brooklyn Nets co-owner Clara Wu Tsai, Third Point LLC founder Daniel S. Loeb, Galaxy Digital founder Michael E. Novogratz, and Vista Equity Partners founder Robert F. Smith.
Each of the founding partners has collectively pledged $50 million to launch the organization.
In a statement about the launch, Meek Mill said, “Creating the REFORM Alliance is one of the most important things I’ve ever done in my life. If you thought my case was unfair, there are millions of others dealing with worse situations and caught up in the system without committing crimes. With this alliance, we want to change outdated laws, give people hope and reform a system that’s stacked against us.”
At REFORM, we #FightDifferent. Our collective disgust with the current state of the American criminal justice system is creating a powerful, growing alliance that spans different backgrounds, industries and political beliefs. pic.twitter.com/wg1uAZlbJ8
— REFORM ALLIANCE (@REFORM) January 23, 2019