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COVID-19 has spread like wildfire across the United States, including inside some of the nation’s prisons. Given the overcrowded and unsanitary conditions at many prisons, they are extremely susceptible to the rapid spread of a virus, especially one that is as easily transmitted as COVID-19. Incarcerated individuals don’t have the luxury of practicing social distancing,…

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A$AP Rocky is designing new uniforms for Swedish prisons. The 31-year-old rapper spent a month in jail in Stockholm over the summer when he was arrested following a street altercation and was later found guilty of assault alongside his co-defendants Bladimir Corniel and David Rispers. But four months after being released from jail on August 2, 2019,…

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Kanye West wants to tackle prison reform. The 42-year-old rapper insisted his path is dictated by “what God wants,” and he looks set to follow in wife Kim Kardashian West’s footsteps by doing what he can to tackle some “immediate” issues with the justice system in the US. Speaking to TMZ, he said: “It’s all what God…

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Kim Kardashian West’s heart is “so happy” after Kanye West donated $1 million to charity for her birthday. The “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” star was overjoyed when her husband made the huge donation to prison reform charities to mark her 39th birthday on Monday, Oct. 21, 2019. She wrote on Instagram: “I got amazing…

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Kim Kardashian West is helping former prisoners again. The “Keeping Up With The Kardashians” star has vowed to pay for Matthew Charles’ accommodations for the next few years after he became the first person to be released from jail under the new prison reform laws. Charles was recently released from jail after serving 20 years of his 35-year sentence…

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Dieter Cantu

Though Dieter Cantu currently serves as the program manager for the Harris County Youth Collective, the 28-year-old never forgets that he was once sentenced to a detention center by the Texas Juvenile Justice Department. His stint as a juvenile prisoner motivated him to attain his bachelor’s degree in public administration from the University of Texas…

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The Nation of Islam has been a driving force for change in many parts of the Black community. For decades, programs started by the organization have fed, educated and uplifted the lives of many, including former and current convicts. But the organization has also received criticism because of its controversial longtime leader Minister Louis Farrakhan.…

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Legally embattled lyricist Meek Mill is going back to the big house on Friday, but not that house. We’re talking about the White House. Sources close to Meek, 31, told TMZ that he is scheduled for a conference with officials at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. on May 18, 2018. No one specified whether Meek, aka Robert…

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Instagram – @meekmill Philadelphia has been at the center of a few controversial incidents in the past few weeks, most recently the Starbucks incident where two young African American men were walked out in handcuffs, and now the Meek Mill case has brought the inconsistencies of the prison system to the forefront. Earlier on Tuesday,…

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President Barack Obama commuted the sentences of 61 federal inmates Wednesday as a part of his ongoing effort to grant clemency to those harshly sentenced during the war on drugs era. Obama wrote a letter to the inmates, one-third of whom were serving life sentences, according to The Washington Post. “The power to grant pardons…

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As the conversation on race relations in America continues to evolve, our nation’s thought leaders are beginning to step forward to offer their much-­needed input into an age-­old discussion. One such leader is Mark Holden, who serves as general council for Koch Industries. The accomplished attorney took some time out of his schedule to sit down with rolling out to discuss race and prison reform in America.

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  As the fight for prison reform in America continues to gain momentum, Dr. Benjamin F Chavis Jr. has successfully stepped to the forefront to be a leading voice in the discussion. As the president of the National Newspaper Publishers Association, Chavis has a bird’s ­eye view of where this issue falls within the consciousness…

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