As the rap world is still shouting “free Meek Mill!” Roc Nation announces investment in anti-incarceration program. The label will back Promise, a new technology and community supervision program aimed at reducing prison populations across the United States.
It’s an app-based bail reform and community supervision service with the hopes to create “a cost-effective and more humane alternative to incarceration,” according to the company. The app will be open to both government agencies and users on parole or who would otherwise be incarcerated.
The process begins with financial assistance for those who cannot afford bail, then evolves into an individually tailored program to help each client fulfill their court-mandated obligations, like court appearances and drug testing. Promise will utilize a smartphone app to track participation and important dates via an “intelligent calendar,” and will also offer in-person support and counseling for job-training, counseling, and more.
“We are increasingly alarmed by the injustice in our criminal justice system,” JAY-Z says in a statement. “Money, time and lives are wasted with the current policies. It’s time for an innovative and progressive technology that offers sustainable solutions to tough problems. Promise’s team, led by Phaedra, is building an app that can help provide ‘liberty and justice for all’ to millions.” Roc Nation invests $3 million into the app.
Promise does not have a public release date, however, the app will be unveiled at Y Combinator Demo Day today. March 20, by its creators Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins and Diana Frappier.
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