As Father’s Day approaches, Jay-Z and Beyonce celebrate parenthood with the birth of twins. Still, as Jay’s family grows bigger, his concerns are not just about protecting and looking out for his family, he’s looking out for others’.
Jay-Z penned a piece in Time Magazine’s “Ideas” section titled “For Father’s Day, I’m Taking On the Exploitative Bail Industry.” Check an excerpt of the piece below:
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. This pre-incarceration conundrum is devastating to families. One in 9 black children has an incarcerated parent. Families are forced to take on more debt, often in predatory lending schemes created by bail bond insurers. Or their loved ones linger in jails, sometimes for months—a consequence of nationwide backlogs. Every year $9 billion dollars are wasted incarcerating people who’ve not been convicted of a crime, and insurance companies, who have taken over our bail system, go to the bank.
Jay goes on to point out how Southerners On New Ground and Color of Change did a fundraising drive to bail out 100 Mother’s on Mother’s Day, and stated he would be joining forces with similar organizations to do the same for Father’s in celebration of Father’s Day.
To check out Jay-Z’s piece in it’s entirety, click here.
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