Jay Z bailing out dads for Father’s Day
posted by Keith Combs
Jay Z is helping out fathers locked up in jail because they can not afford bail or hire an attorney.
Writing a letter to Time, Jay Z spelled out his reasoning and his plan. “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,” he wrote.
This pre-incarceration conundrum is devastating to families,” he added. “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 Z plans to help out by putting his money behind organizations like Southerners on New Ground and Color of Change, who started an initiative for Mother’s Day that freed over 100 mothers for the holiday. “This Father’s Day, I’m supporting those same organizations to bail out fathers who can’t afford the due process our democracy promises,” Jay wrote. “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. We can’t fix our broken criminal justice system until we take on the exploitative bail industry.”
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