(AllHipHop News) Pusha T gave the first ever live music event at Calipatria State Prison yesterday (September 18).
The performance was a part of Pusha’s #SchoolsNotPrisons, which has already visited four penal institutions with a mission to advocate for more spending on education, health and opportunities for inmates once they are released.
The rapper started his visit with the Warden, followed by a tour of Calipatria State Prison. The male-only correctional facility house 3,841 people in Imperial County, California.
“Putting an end to mass incarceration is important to me. It’s something I’ve watched destroy a generation of my peers” Pusha T explained. “I was able to go to Calipatria and see there was still inspiration and hope in the inmates, that was motivation for me to keep fighting for this cause.”
According to state released by the 2016 #SchoolsNotPrisons movement, California state prisons incarcerate more than 128,000 people at a cost of over $11 billion a year.
Pusha hopes to divert some of that cash into programs that address substance abuse and addiction, while promoting education to reduce the recividism rate.
Revolve Impact and John Forte, who escaped an x year sentence when he was pardoned by George Bush Jr., also performed and inspired the hundreds of inmates who watched the performance.
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