Van Jones to Serve as CEO of New JAY-Z Initiative to REFORM Criminal Justice System
Van Jones will serve as CEO of the REFORM Alliance, a new organization committed to advancing criminal justice reform and eliminating outdated laws that perpetuate injustice, starting with probation and parole. He will oversee the implementation of the organization's mission to drastically reduce the number of people who are under the control of the criminal justice system while keeping communities safe by changing laws and public opinion. "This is the opportunity of a lifetime," Jones said. "I have spent my entire adult life preparing myself to help lead an initiative of this magnitude. I'm looking forward to working with this powerful group of founders to disrupt the status quo and shift the criminal justice system landscape for generations to come." REFORM is backed by a bipartisan and diverse group of sports, entertainment, and business leaders, including award-winning recording artist Meek Mill; Philadelphia 76ers Co-Owner and Fanatics Executive Chairman Michael Rubin; entrepreneur and business mogul Shawn "JAY-Z" Carter; Kraft Group CEO and New England Patriots Owner Robert Kraft; Brooklyn Nets Co-Owner and philanthropic investor Clara Wu Tsai; Third Point LLC CEO and Founder Daniel S. Loeb; Galaxy Digital CEO and Founder Michael E. Novogratz; and Vista Equity Partners Founder, Chairman, and CEO Robert F. Smith. The board will be co-chaired by Mill -- whose high-profile case and battles with probation and parole brought national attention to the issues -- and Rubin. More here.