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John Legend Tackles Mass Incarceration Issue

April 14, 2015 by
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Recent Oscar winner John Legend has launched a multi-year initiative entitled FREE AMERICA, which aims to help minimise the USA’s mass incarceration epidemic. Legend, who made his first public plea on the Oscar stage after accepting the Academy Award for Best Original Song, hopes to lead the campaign as he makes stops at various correctional facilities across the country.

The R&B crooner will be working with lawmakers and administrators to push forward legislation like California’s Prop 47, which mandates the treatment of shoplifting, fraud, petty theft and non-violent drug offenses as misdemeanors instead of felonies.

Legend will take part in a series of appearances and press conferences with legislators where he will delve into the unforgiving and rehab-less nature of the country’s criminal justice system.


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