JAY-Z & ROC NATION RAISE $3 MILLION FOR BAIL REFORM
JAY-Z’s Kalief Browder docuseries was only just a stepping stone in the path to eradicate mass confinement championed in the United States. Kalief Browder, is a high school student who was held at Rikers Island for three years without trial, in his first endeavor with the The Weinstein Co.
Roc Nation, 8VC, Kapor Capital and Y Combinator, a de-carceration startup named Promise has been established. The mission of the movement is to prevent low-risk individuals from overcrowding jail due to lack of disposable bail money.
“We are increasingly alarmed by the injustice in our criminal justice system,” Shawn Carter said in a statement. “Money, time and lives are wasted with the current policies. It’s time for an innovative and progressive technology that offers sustainable solutions to tough problems. Promise’s team, led by co-founder and CEO Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins, is building an app that can help provide ‘liberty and justice for all’ to millions.”
Ellis-Lamkins said, “People are going to jail because they look at a piece of paper and misread it, or are going to jail because they can’t afford a class because they’re instead paying child support. If we’re putting people in jail because they’re poor, brown or black, we’re spending money the wrong way.”
Research by the Vera Institute of Justice estimates that 62 percent of people in jail are awaiting their day in court for nonviolent offenses and are held because they can’t afford their bail.