Oakland, CA – JAY-Z’s Kalief Browder docuseries was only just a stepping stone in the path to eradicate mass incarceration tactics championed in the United States.
TechCrunch is reporting that along with Roc Nation, 8VC, Kapor Capital and Y Combinator, a de-carceration startup by the name Promise has been born. The mission the movement is to simply prevent low-risk individuals from overcrowding jail due to lack disposable bail money.
We are increasingly alarmed by the injustice in our criminal justice system, Shawn Carter said in a statement. Money, time and lives are wasted with the current policies. Its time for an innovative and progressive technology that fers sustainable solutions to tough problems. Promises team, led by co-founder and CEO Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins, is building an app that can help provide liberty and justice for all to millions.
Ellis-Lamkins chimed on to the statement, telling TechCrunch, People are going to jail because they look at a piece paper and misread it, or are going to jail because they cant afford a class because theyre instead paying child support. If were putting people in jail because theyre poor, brown or black, were spending money the wrong way.
Research by the Vera Institute Justice estimates that 62 percent people in jail are awaiting their day in court for predominately nonviolent fenses and are simply being held because they can’t afford their bail.
Why should America care? It reportedly costs an estimated $22.2 billion a year to keep those aforementioned individuals detained.
More information can be found at www.joinpromise.com.