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Jay-Z, Meek Mill help form criminal justice reform organization

By Wade Sheridan   |   Jan. 23, 2019 at 12:11 PM
Jay-Z( L) and is wife Beyonce. Jay-Z has teamed up with Meek Mill and others to launch a criminal justice reform organization. File Photo by John Angelillo/UPI Meek Mill attends the 2018 NBA Awards on June 25. File Photo by Chris Chew/UPI

Jan. 23 (UPI) -- Jay-Z and Meek Mill have joined forces to help create the REFORM alliance, an organization that will fight for criminal justice reform.

Jay-Z and Mill also partnered with Philadelphia 76ers co-owner Michael Rubin, Kraft Group CEO and New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft and Brooklyn Nets co-owner Clara Wu Tsai, among others, to help form the organization. Author Van Jones is serving as CEO.

Mill has spoken out about criminal justice reform after he was released from prison in April. The rapper believes that the current system in place keeps young black people incarcerated instead of trying to rehabilitate them.

"Creating the REFORM Alliance is one of the most important things I've ever done in my life," Mill said in a statement. "If you thought my case was unfair, there are millions of others dealing with worse situations and caught up in the system without committing crimes."

"With this alliance, we want to change outdated laws, give people hope and reform a system that's stacked against us," he continued.

Jay-Z appeared on Mill's latest album Championships which topped the U.S. album chart after it was released in November.