(AllHipHop News) Jay Z is the furthest thing from a politician, but always keeps it real. During his performance at Rose Bowl arena in Pasadena, California he professed his support for California bill Proposition 47.
Proposition 47, also known as The “Safe Neighborhoods and Schools Initiative”, is a California bill which would reclassify the severity of certain crimes and thus reduce prisoners’ sentences. According to supporters, California could save over $1 billion in five years with the reduced sentencing and prison population.
Dream Hampton, co-writer of Jay Z’s Decoded book posted a video on her personal Instagram account of Jay Z supporting the bill at the Rose Bowl stop during the “On The Run” tour. In the caption she :
Many of you know that I’ve joined with #VoteYeson47 and @mrmikedelarocha push through a California ballot initiative, Prop 47, that will change petty, nonviolent crimes from felonies to misdemeanors and reallocate prison spending to prevention and schools. Thousands of poor people will no longer have felony convictions for petty crimes. Tonight, after many recent conversations about mass incarceration, Jay Z stood with us, from the Rose Bowl stage.
California currently imprisons over 140,000 inmates, with roughly 28% suffering from mental illnesses. Under Prop 47 $150 million to $250 million will be allocated to mental health programs.
The proposition is slated to be voted on in November.
Check out Jay Z openly supporting Prop 47 below: