JAY-Z and Meek Mill’s REFORM Alliance claims victory as California passes new probation law

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JAY-Z and Meek Mill’s criminal justice reform organization, REFORM Alliance – a group led by CEO Van Jones – celebrated their first major legislative victory tonight when California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed the AB law 1950. The new law, which was pushed in a campaign led by REFORM, will limit the maximum adult probation sentences to one year for misdemeanors and two years for felonies.The bill was one of many signed today by Governor Newsom in response to calls for police and criminal justice reform, CBS News reports. He also signed a bill that prohibits police from using strangles during arrests and another that allows the state attorney general to independently investigate police shootings.

“Americans across the country have taken to the streets this summer to rightly demand more and better of our criminal justice system – and of ourselves,” Newsom said in a statement. “Yet we can and must do more. Working with our youth, our religious and community leaders, law enforcement, the legislature and countless others demanding change, my administration remains engaged in the important work that lies ahead to make our criminal and juvenile justice systems. fairer and safer for all Californians.

“I want to thank Governor Newsom for his leadership in signing AB 1950, the most transformative probation bill to date in this country,” JAY-Z said in a statement. “This is a first step which I hope will introduce a wave of much needed changes across the country.”

“By signing AB 1950 into law, Governor Newsom further solidified his legacy as a champion of justice, redemption and opportunity,” Van Jones said. “In a year that has been so difficult and difficult for so many people, this reform marks a positive point that will lead to better outcomes for individuals and families across California. I cannot thank the governor enough for seconding this bill. I look forward to working with him to make the measure even stronger and more meaningful over the coming year.

REFORM Alliance began in part in response to Meek Mill’s return to custody in November 2017 for a probation violation. Meek has become a spokesperson for prison reform and criminal justice and for the Amazon documentary series Free Meek advocated for probation reform. Other founders of the organization include Philadelphia 76ers co-owner and Executive Chairman of Fanatics Michael Rubin, Kraft Group CEO and New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, Brooklyn Nets co-owner Clara Wu Tsai, founder of Third Point LLC Daniel S. Loeb, Galaxy Digital Founder Michael E. Novogratz and Vista Equity Partners Founder Robert F. Smith.

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