Jay Z is attacking the injustices of the American prison system and the businesses that use it to thrive in a new op-ed piece he penned for Time. In the essay, he states that he has become “obsessed with the injustice of the profitable bail bond industry” since producing the documentary Time: The Kalief Browder Story.
“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 writes. “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 Z, saying he was inspired by the fundraising drives Southerners on New Ground and Color of Change which are organizations that bailed out mothers on Mother’s Day, says he will be donating to those organizations to help bail out fathers this Sunday on Father’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,” Jay Z writes before concluding with, “We can’t fix our broken criminal justice system until we take on the exploitative bail industry.”
Read Jay Z’s full op-ed here.