Dallasblack.com: Jay Z Blasts Bails Out Incarcerated Dads For Father's Day; Criticizes Bail Bond Industry In Op-Ed


Monday, June 19, 2017 10:48 AM

Jay Z Blasts Bails Out Incarcerated Dads For Father's Day; Criticizes Bail Bond Industry In Op-Ed

By: Monya Fleming

Jay Z Blasts Bails Out Incarcerated Dads For Father's Day; Criticizes Bail Bond Industry In Op-Ed

Jay Z has assisted many fathers currently behind bars and awaiting bail by financially supporting organizations that bail out men who can’t afford the due process that democracy promises.

Hova penned an opinion piece for Time magazine that is titled "Jay Z: For Father's Day, I'm Taking on the Exploitative Bail Industry." 

The rapper reveals he is backing organizations that tackle this issue, like Color of Change and Southerners on New Ground, with the former bailing out 100 mothers for Mother's Day through a fundraising drive.

Jay revealed he can relate to those impacted by the unjust bail bond system.

"If you're from neighborhoods like the Brooklyn one I grew up in, if you're unable to afford a private attorney, then you can be disappeared into our jail system simply because you can't afford bail," he wrote. "Millions of people are separated from their families for months at a time — not because they are convicted of committing a crime, but because they are accused of committing a crime."

Hova also shared that his production work on the docuseries "Time: The Kalief Browder Story" made him "obsessed with the injustice of the profitable bail bond industry."

"When Black and brown people are over-policed and arrested and accused of crimes at higher rates than others, and then forced to pay for their freedom before they ever see trial, big bail companies prosper," he continued. "Every year $9 billion dollars are wasted incarcerating people who've not been convicted of a crime, and insurance companies, who have taken over our bail system, go to the bank."

Jay, who welcomed boy and girl twins last Monday, added, "As a father with a growing family, it’s the least I can do, 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.”

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