All posts by Kehaulani Ahu

Grammy winner John Legend tells supporters of Louisiana criminal justice revamp: ‘I’m here to stand with you’

Via: , May 11, 2017

John Legend has become world famous for his chart-topping ballad “All of Me” and role in the Oscar-nominated musical “La La Land,” but his visit to the Louisiana Capitol on Wednesday was serious business. “We can’t tolerate a system that destroys so many lives and so many communities,” Legend told the House Judiciary Committee during a hearing packed with curious onlookers hoping to snap a photo of the star guest. “Mass incarceration is ineffective, it’s harmful and it’s expensive.”

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Why John Legend Says We’re Failing Thousands of Young Americans

Via: , March 23, 2017

John Legend has a direct message about teens in prisons: they shouldn’t be there and it’s time for Americans to stand up for them. He’s endorsing a new report by Youth First, an organization that advocates for alternatives to youth prison. It lists steps advocates can take to fight the youth prison system and minimize the damage it does to the young people caught in it.

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‘Help, not punishment’: John Legend lends his support to local advocates for criminal justice reform

Via: , March 23, 2017

Since Derrick Perique, 32, got out of prison, he’s been on a mission to help others see more clearly. On Saturday, though, he could have been forgiven if he had stars in his eyes.Perique graduated with a degree in optician work from a small re-entry program at the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola. After his release in 2013, he worked hard, saved his money and partnered with an eyeglasses maker. On Saturday, at the Perdido Street office of Rising Foundations, a New Orleans business incubator program for former convicts, Perique was able to show his small custom eyeglasses operation to singer-pianist John Legend, the multiple Grammy Award-winner who is headlining the halftime show of the NBA All-Star Game on Sunday.

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Hector

By , January 12, 2017

Prison is not set up to rehabilitate anybody. It’s just a holding tank of like-minded people. The non-violent become violent. The little drug dealer becomes a bigger drug dealer.There’s no healing involved.

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Tauheedah

By , January 12, 2017

I’m not excusing my father’s actions, but we as people have to work together to make a better system; people that did nothing are still being penalized for their loved ones’ mistakes.

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