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John Legend raises awareness about criminal justice reform

‘Progress will continue’: John Legend on criminal justice reform, voting rights

Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter John Legend sat down with Soledad O’Brien to discuss his efforts to raise awareness about criminal justice reform and restore voting rights to those convicted of a felony. Promises Change, which explores solutions to the most pressing problems of the day, in education, health, housing, the environment, food insecurity, voting rights, public safety, and public safety. community wealth. On MatterofFact.TV and all Hearst Television websites. and drug addiction. What I’ve learned from that and what I’ve learned from other interactions that members of my family have had with the criminal punishment system is that a lot of times, we consider people who are hurting people. and we see them as criminals instead of as people who really just need help,” Legend said. Legend says one of his big focuses is raising awareness about ending the cash bail system. $500, $1,000, $1,500 to get out of a pre-trial prison sentence, and they’re stuck there,” Legend said. “It is used as a tool to punish poverty, used as a tool to punish helplessness in the system. It’s not fair and it should be removed. Legend also discussed his efforts to help restore the right to vote for those convicted of felonies. He said that after 63% of voters in Florida voted to restore the right to vote for those convicted of a felony and finished their time; However, later, it was determined that the person who owed the court fees and fines was still considered to have not fully served the penalty. “Whenever we make progress, there are backlash forces there. In the age of reconstruction, we see the Ku Klux Klan come out, we see all these Jim Crow laws, that was a real backlash against the progress of the Civil War and the post-civil war amendments, and We’ve seen that with the benefits already achieved. made in the age of civil rights. And we saw that after the election of Barack Obama. We’ve seen it now with the election of Joe Biden which was, in many ways, backed by a Black vote. Legend said. “It just means we can’t take it for granted. Progress will continue. We must continue to protect it and fight for it. Because the forces against progress are still there and they will still fight. “Legend has launched a program called “Future Unlocked” to assist ex-incarcerated people to reintegrate into society. Watch our full interview with Legend in the video player above.

Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter John Legend sat down with Soledad O’Brien to discuss his efforts to raise awareness about criminal justice reform and restore voting rights for those who have felony conviction.

This conversation is part of the Truth Matters: Promises of Change Listening Tour, which will explore solutions to today’s most pressing problems, in education, health, housing, the environment. , food insecurity, voting rights, public safety and community wealth.

Streaming the Listening Tour on Thursdays begins at 7pm Eastern Time MatterofFact.TV and all Hearst Television websites.

In the interview, Legend talked about his personal experience with his mother’s drug addiction and how it inspired him to raise awareness.

“What happened to my mother especially affected us because she fell into a spiral after her mother’s death and became addicted to drugs. What I’ve learned from that and what I’ve learned from other interactions that members of my family have had with the criminal punishment system is that a lot of times, we consider people who are hurting people. and we see them as criminals instead of as people who really just need help,” Legend said.

Legend says one of his big focuses is raising awareness about ending the cash bail system.

“There are a lot of people in our local prison system who are just there because they haven’t been convicted of a crime, but they don’t have $500, $1,000, $1,500 to get out of jail before trial. trial, and they’re stuck there,” said Legend. “It is used as a tool to punish poverty, used as a tool to punish helplessness in the system. It’s not fair and it should be removed. ”

Legend also discussed his efforts to help restore the right to vote for those convicted of felonies. He said that after 63% of voters in Florida voted to restore the right to vote for those convicted of a felony and finished their time; However, later, it was determined that the person who owed the court fees and fines was still considered to have not fully served the penalty.

“Whenever we make progress, there are backlash forces there. In the age of reconstruction, we see the Ku Klux Klan come out, we see all these Jim Crow laws, that was a real backlash against the progress of the Civil War and the post-civil war amendments, and We’ve seen that with the benefits already achieved. made in the age of civil rights. And we saw that after the election of Barack Obama. We’ve seen it now with the election of Joe Biden which was, in many ways, backed by a Black vote. Legend said. “It just means we can’t take it for granted. Progress will continue. We must continue to protect it and fight for it. Because the forces against progress are still there, and they too will fight. ”

Legend has launched a program called “Unlocked Futures” to assist former incarcerated people to reintegrate into society. Watch our full interview with Legend in the video player above.

https://www.kcra.com/article/john-legend-criminal-justice-reform-discussion/38507393 John Legend raises awareness about criminal justice reform

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