Yesterday (June 16th), TIME published an op-ed penned by Jay Z which he details the “exploitative” bail industry and how he plans to use a Father’s Day gesture to take a stand.
“If you’re from neighborhoods like the Brooklyn one I grew up in, if you’re unable to afford a private attorney, then you can be disappeared into our jail system simply because you can’t afford bail,” Jay writes.
He goes on to explain the tragedies of Kalief Browder and Sandra Bland as examples of how the inability to afford bail can potentially put innocent people in dangerous situations.
Inspired by the fundraising drives from Southerners on New Ground and Color of Change that bailed out mothers on Mother’s Day, Jay will be donating to those organizations to bail out fathers this Sunday on Father’s Day.
“As a father with a growing family, it’s the least I can do, but philanthropy is not a long fix, we have to get rid of these inhumane practices altogether,” Jay Z wrote in an essay before concluding with, “We can’t fix our broken criminal justice system until we take on the exploitative bail industry.”