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John Legend Works to Increase Jobs for the Formerly Incarcerated


Star singer John Legend has stepped up for people with criminal backgrounds to make sure that get more job opportunities.

FORBES reports that Legend’s initiative FreeAmerica, which targets criminal justice reform has been working in conjunction with Unlocked Futures and New Profit for the past two years, making entrepreneurs who have first hand knowledge of the impacts of the criminal justice system, to help educate others.

Legend told FORBES “We started this as a collaboration, saying, ‘Let’s not just tell folks to hire formerly incarcerated individuals, but to invest in their ideas,’” says Legend. “All of the members have business ideas that will help them feed their families, employ others, and strengthen our communities.”

According the website, FreeAmerica, “founded by John Legend in 2014, is a campaign to transform America’s criminal justice system. When 70 million individuals across the country have a criminal record, mass incarceration can only be categorized as an epidemic due to decades of misguided policies and practices.”

In 2015, Legend used and Common for used their #Oscar acceptance speech for ‘best music’ for “#Glory,” to highlight the ongoing crisis of criminalization and mass incarceration of black folks.



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