After Jay Z put his focus into the Kalief Browder Story and helped worked on his documentary he became obsessed with the evils of the bail industry and trying to figure out a way to fight it. So in an effort to combat its unfair ways and how it can systematically bring black men down he decided to bail out 100 fathers out this past Father’s Day.
In an op-ed Hov wrote for TIME, he wrote how he was inspired by a previous Mother’s Day initiative. He says:
“Last month for Mother’s Day, organizations like Southerners on New Ground and Color of Change did a major fundraising drive to bail out 100 mothers for Mother’s Day,” he wrote. “Color of Change’s exposè on the for-profit bail industry provides deeper strategy behind this smart and inspiring action. This Father’s Day, I’m supporting those same organizations to bail out fathers who can’t afford the due process our democracy promises.”
“On any given day over 400,000 people, convicted of no crime, are held in jail because they cannot afford to buy their freedom,” he explained. Later, he added: “One in 9 black children has an incarcerated parent. Families are forced to take on more debt, often in predatory lending schemes created by bail bond insurers.”
While he’s trying to do his part, Jay Z does realize that this isn’t one man’s job or burden. He called on others to help him and said “But philanthropy is not a long fix, we have to get rid of these inhumane practices altogether. We can’t fix our broken criminal justice system until we take on the exploitative bail industry.”