Jay Z Will Help Bail Out Dads for Father’s Day, Wants ‘Exploitative Bail Industry’ Dismantled
Jay Z is continuing his fight against the criminal justice system by helping men who have been incarcerated but can’t get release due to exorbitant bail bonds.
In an essay for Time magazine, Hov attacks the “exploitative bail industry” for their practices that he deems are unfair to black and brown people.
"If you're from neighborhoods like the Brooklyn one I grew up in, if you're unable to afford a private attorney, then you can be disappeared into our jail system simply because you can't afford bail," Jay writes. "Millions of people are separated from their families for months at a time -- not because they are convicted of committing a crime, but because they are accused of committing a crime."
In his piece, Jay continues, "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."
That's why Hov has teamed up with organizations such as Southerners on New Ground and Color of Change on Father's Day (June 18) to help bail out fathers "who can't afford the due process our democracy promises."
"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 inhuman practices altogether," he adds.
Since producing docu-series Time: The Kalief Browder Story, Jay Z has been an outspoken critic of the criminal justice system. The rap mogul is currently working on a documentary about the tragic death of Trayvon Martin titled Rest In Power: The Trayvon Martin Story and a National Geographic project called Race with Jay Z, which examines race in America during the 2016 presidential election.