Jay-Z And Meek Mill Raise $50 Million For Prison Reform Initiative

The rap star's have put together a very powerful alliance to reform the criminal justice system in the U.S.

(AllHipHop News) Rap stars Jay-Z and Meek Mill were in New York today to officially kick off their prison Reform initiative.

Meek was released from prison by judges in Pennsylvania in April, after spending four months in jail following a violation probation on a 2008 drugs and guns conviction.

His prison sentence drew widespread condemnation from dozens of celebrities, and made thousands of people protest on behalf of Meek.

Once he was free man again, Meek immediately focused his attention on criminal justice reform in the U.S., insisting his imprisonment was unjust and unnecessary.

Meek has partnered up with execs at his Roc Nation record label, founded by Jay-Z, and Philadelphia 76ers basketball team owner Michael Rubin, and bosses of the Brooklyn Nets and New England Patriots.

The rap stars have tapped political activist Van Jones to lead the Reform Alliance to change what they have labeled a broken prison system.

So far, the Reform Alliance has raised $50 million dollars to kick off their efforts.

"If you thought my case was unfair, there are millions of others dealing with worse situations and caught up in the system without committing crimes,'' Meek Mill said. "With this alliance, we want to change outdated laws, give people hope and reform a system that's stacked against us.''