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Child Support, Fail, and Jail: Jay-Z and Roc Nation to Invest $3 Million in App That Combats Mass Incarceration @balleralert Jay-Z and Roc Nation to Invest $3 Million in App That Combats Mass Incarceration-blogged by @thereal__bee โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € โ €โ € Jay-Z and Roc Nation will reportedly make a $3 million investment in an app called Promise, that combats mass incarceration. โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € โ €โ € According to the website, the app was created by Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins and Diana Frappier to โ€œget people out of jail and provide ongoing support and supervision to help keep them out.โ€ The hope is that the platform will exist as an alternative to incarcerating individuals who cannot afford bail or who miss court dates by mistake. It will provide services to users that will help them log upcoming court dates, counseling appointments, and drug tests. โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € โ €โ € When it comes to rehabilitation, Promise plans to provide programs to users that assist with job training and getting information about housing. โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € โ €โ € As a rapper, Jay-Z has used his platform to consistently speak about how the jail system is designed to fail those of low class and people of color. Last year the rapper wrote an opinion piece on Fatherโ€™s Day about the exploitative bail industry. For many individuals, they are jailed due to their inability to afford bail, despite not being convicted of crimes. โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € โ €โ € During an interview with TechCrunch, Ellis-Lamkins spoke on the small infractions that lead to many people of color ending up behind bars. โ€œPeople are going to jail because they look at a piece of paper and misread it, or are going to jail because they canโ€™t afford a class because theyโ€™re instead paying child support. If weโ€™re putting people in jail because theyโ€™re poor, brown or black, weโ€™re spending money the wrong way.โ€ โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € โ €โ € โ€œWe are increasingly alarmed by the injustice in our criminal justice system,โ€ Jay-Z said in a statement confirming his involvement with the app. โ€œMoney, time and lives are wasted with the current policies. Itโ€™s time for an innovative and progressive technology that offers sustainable solutions to tough problems. Promiseโ€™s team, led by Phaedra, is building an app that can help provide โ€˜liberty and justice for allโ€™ to millions.โ€ โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € โ €โ €
Child Support, Fail, and Jail: Jay-Z and Roc Nation to Invest $3
 Million in App That Combats Mass
 Incarceration
 @balleralert
Jay-Z and Roc Nation to Invest $3 Million in App That Combats Mass Incarceration-blogged by @thereal__bee โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € โ €โ € Jay-Z and Roc Nation will reportedly make a $3 million investment in an app called Promise, that combats mass incarceration. โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € โ €โ € According to the website, the app was created by Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins and Diana Frappier to โ€œget people out of jail and provide ongoing support and supervision to help keep them out.โ€ The hope is that the platform will exist as an alternative to incarcerating individuals who cannot afford bail or who miss court dates by mistake. It will provide services to users that will help them log upcoming court dates, counseling appointments, and drug tests. โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € โ €โ € When it comes to rehabilitation, Promise plans to provide programs to users that assist with job training and getting information about housing. โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € โ €โ € As a rapper, Jay-Z has used his platform to consistently speak about how the jail system is designed to fail those of low class and people of color. Last year the rapper wrote an opinion piece on Fatherโ€™s Day about the exploitative bail industry. For many individuals, they are jailed due to their inability to afford bail, despite not being convicted of crimes. โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € โ €โ € During an interview with TechCrunch, Ellis-Lamkins spoke on the small infractions that lead to many people of color ending up behind bars. โ€œPeople are going to jail because they look at a piece of paper and misread it, or are going to jail because they canโ€™t afford a class because theyโ€™re instead paying child support. If weโ€™re putting people in jail because theyโ€™re poor, brown or black, weโ€™re spending money the wrong way.โ€ โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € โ €โ € โ€œWe are increasingly alarmed by the injustice in our criminal justice system,โ€ Jay-Z said in a statement confirming his involvement with the app. โ€œMoney, time and lives are wasted with the current policies. Itโ€™s time for an innovative and progressive technology that offers sustainable solutions to tough problems. Promiseโ€™s team, led by Phaedra, is building an app that can help provide โ€˜liberty and justice for allโ€™ to millions.โ€ โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € โ €โ €

Jay-Z and Roc Nation to Invest $3 Million in App That Combats Mass Incarceration-blogged by @thereal__bee โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € โ €โ € Jay-Z and Roc Nation ...

Anaconda, Best Friend, and Fake: troyave I Got arrested, Stayed in jail to "Kept it Real" cause I believed In "The Streets" #StreetsSay: Ya Friends/Homies "Suppose To" "handle business & put in work" while u down!? #StreetsSay: If u all get pulled over Ya homies "Suppose to" take the charge 4 u cause the "Money Earner Provider" so business can continue. streets lied, this was Myth, when the pressure was on, I'm the only one who performed, al the homies & friends where out for they self, saying things like "I got kids, I can't go to jail etc Im fighting for My freedom because of a "HATER STALKER or the "cooler new word" a TROLL" it's all the same and it's all fake! And u You support that then U know what u are. [l'm DONE keeping it real with Fake niggaz]VA #StreetsisAMyth #StreetsSay-"This Our Block" but don't OWN nothing on it. #StreetsSay: "FreeMyBro" But never offer money for his appeal #MoralOfTheStory DO NOT KEEP IT REAL WITH FAKE PEOPLE, Because it'll cost You! Cost me My freedom Cost me full use in my Right Leg LERALERTCOM Cost me the life of my best friend Cost me Custody of my kids - Cost me Over $2,000,000 dollars in expenses And now it might cost me 20-40yrs in Jail at least another 5MILLION dollars+ the Career that i built from nothing against the odds for a Hater That's POINTING THE FINGER at me?! Told y'all it's a Handicapped being a real one.... If u asks most these niggaz to give $100 to a friend they Wouldn't #Facto I Guarantee you I can't Offset None of these COSTS with "Street Cred" And I Guarantee you The Streets Ain't contributing to None of my expenses. Ya Boy built different, I keep pushing thru all the negativity, I keep elevating slowly but surely cause lan the type to wait out the storm, I Dance in The Rain From the desk of TroyAve
Anaconda, Best Friend, and Fake: troyave I Got arrested, Stayed in jail to "Kept it Real" cause I
 believed In "The Streets" #StreetsSay:
 Ya Friends/Homies "Suppose To" "handle business & put in
 work" while u down!? #StreetsSay: If u all get pulled over Ya
 homies "Suppose to" take the charge 4 u cause the "Money
 Earner Provider" so business can continue.
 streets lied, this was Myth, when the pressure was on, I'm
 the only one who performed, al the homies & friends where
 out for they self, saying things like "I got kids, I can't go to
 jail etc
 Im fighting for My freedom because of a "HATER STALKER
 or the "cooler new word" a TROLL" it's all the same and it's
 all fake! And u You support that then U know what u are.
 [l'm DONE keeping it real with Fake niggaz]VA
 #StreetsisAMyth #StreetsSay-"This Our Block" but don't
 OWN nothing on it.
 #StreetsSay: "FreeMyBro" But never offer money for his
 appeal
 #MoralOfTheStory DO NOT KEEP IT REAL WITH FAKE
 PEOPLE, Because it'll cost You! Cost me My freedom
 Cost me full use in my Right Leg
 LERALERTCOM
 Cost me the life of my best friend
 Cost me Custody of my kids
 - Cost me Over $2,000,000 dollars in expenses
 And now it might cost me 20-40yrs in Jail at least another
 5MILLION dollars+ the Career that i built from nothing
 against the odds for a Hater That's POINTING THE FINGER
 at me?! Told y'all it's a Handicapped being a real one.... If u
 asks most these niggaz to give $100 to a friend they
 Wouldn't #Facto
 I Guarantee you I can't Offset None of these COSTS with
 "Street Cred"
 And I Guarantee you The Streets Ain't contributing to None
 of my expenses.
 Ya Boy built different, I keep pushing thru all the negativity, I
 keep elevating slowly but surely cause lan the type to wait
 out the storm, I Dance in The Rain
From the desk of TroyAve

From the desk of TroyAve

Chicago, Crime, and Jail: Chicago Holds lts First Jail-Wide Voting Process For Inmates@balleralert DOC INMATES CAN NOW VOTE IN CHICAGO HEADLINES Chicago Holds Its First Jail-Wide Voting Process For Inmates - Blogged by: @RaquelHarrisTV โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € Chicago has created the first-ever jail-wide, in-person voting process for inmates, and their votes are secured for official ballots. โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € On March 10, Cook County Jail volunteers from the organization Chicago Votes assisted with setting up ballots for Illinoisโ€™ early voting for the Gubernatorial primary election, which will take place March 20. โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € But, the process isnโ€™t open to every inmate. It only allows those who are in police custody awaiting trial, on parole or probation with a completed sentence to vote, according to Illinois State law. There are 94 percent of inmates at Cook County jail who are able to vote, excluding those who are convicted of a crime and felons. โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € The temporary ballots were proposed by state representative Juliana Stratton this past February. In addition to this new process, Stratton would also like for prisoners to be notified once their right to vote is restored upon their release from jail. โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € As of now, Cook County and Lake County are the only two Illinois jails participating in this process, according to the Chicago Tribune.
Chicago, Crime, and Jail: Chicago Holds lts First
 Jail-Wide Voting Process
 For Inmates@balleralert
 DOC
 INMATES CAN NOW VOTE IN CHICAGO
 HEADLINES
Chicago Holds Its First Jail-Wide Voting Process For Inmates - Blogged by: @RaquelHarrisTV โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € Chicago has created the first-ever jail-wide, in-person voting process for inmates, and their votes are secured for official ballots. โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € On March 10, Cook County Jail volunteers from the organization Chicago Votes assisted with setting up ballots for Illinoisโ€™ early voting for the Gubernatorial primary election, which will take place March 20. โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € But, the process isnโ€™t open to every inmate. It only allows those who are in police custody awaiting trial, on parole or probation with a completed sentence to vote, according to Illinois State law. There are 94 percent of inmates at Cook County jail who are able to vote, excluding those who are convicted of a crime and felons. โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € The temporary ballots were proposed by state representative Juliana Stratton this past February. In addition to this new process, Stratton would also like for prisoners to be notified once their right to vote is restored upon their release from jail. โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € As of now, Cook County and Lake County are the only two Illinois jails participating in this process, according to the Chicago Tribune.

Chicago Holds Its First Jail-Wide Voting Process For Inmates - Blogged by: @RaquelHarrisTV โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € Chicago has created the first...

Drugs, Jail, and Memes: ethiopienne Pro-tip: white privilege doesn't mean white people have perfect lives. It means that white people do not have to deal with institutionalized, systemic racism in addition to their everyday problems. It means institutionalized, systemic racism does not cause white people's everyday problems. If your first reaction is to be angry and comment why this is wrong, take a deep breath, slowly read the post again and wait for the words to sink in. Think about what this is saying and try to deeply consider what this means, especially coming from someone who is not white. No one is saying white people have perfect lives, don't have problems, or even that there's no way they can be bullied-discrimanated against because of how they look. The difference is that racism isn't just a feeling or thought, it's INSTITUTIONALIZED and SYSTEMATIC, which means that you have laws (Jim Crow, housing discrimination, voter ID laws-voter discrimination, redlining), history, powerful figures, etc etc etc against you, not just individuals being rude to you. Yes you can be white and poor, you can be white and be bullied, you can be white and have problems. It's just that these problems are NOT reinforced by or due to a historic, systematic, institutional oppression based solely on your race-ethnicity. In the US for example, the country was built by white men with laws for white men. Over time, many of these laws have changed: ex. everyone has the legal right to vote now, slavery is illegal, Jim Crow laws no longer exist. Unfortunately, these laws don't just end; they evolve. All people can vote, yet voter ID laws disproportionately prevent people of color in poor communities from voting. Slavery is illegal, yet black men disproportionately fill jail cells and are exploited for their labor while privatized prisons profit off their incarceration (see: war on drugs, or "13th" on Netflix). I can list examples like those two all day, but the point is that people of color continue to face institutionalized, systematic racism that has legal & political backing and an entire history causing and justifying it. White people do not have to deal with that, hence the term "white privilege." And, again, no one is saying white people don't have problems. That's not what "white privilege" means.
Drugs, Jail, and Memes: ethiopienne
 Pro-tip: white privilege
 doesn't mean white
 people have perfect lives.
 It means that white people do not have to
 deal with institutionalized, systemic racism in
 addition to their everyday problems. It means
 institutionalized, systemic racism does not
 cause white people's everyday problems.
If your first reaction is to be angry and comment why this is wrong, take a deep breath, slowly read the post again and wait for the words to sink in. Think about what this is saying and try to deeply consider what this means, especially coming from someone who is not white. No one is saying white people have perfect lives, don't have problems, or even that there's no way they can be bullied-discrimanated against because of how they look. The difference is that racism isn't just a feeling or thought, it's INSTITUTIONALIZED and SYSTEMATIC, which means that you have laws (Jim Crow, housing discrimination, voter ID laws-voter discrimination, redlining), history, powerful figures, etc etc etc against you, not just individuals being rude to you. Yes you can be white and poor, you can be white and be bullied, you can be white and have problems. It's just that these problems are NOT reinforced by or due to a historic, systematic, institutional oppression based solely on your race-ethnicity. In the US for example, the country was built by white men with laws for white men. Over time, many of these laws have changed: ex. everyone has the legal right to vote now, slavery is illegal, Jim Crow laws no longer exist. Unfortunately, these laws don't just end; they evolve. All people can vote, yet voter ID laws disproportionately prevent people of color in poor communities from voting. Slavery is illegal, yet black men disproportionately fill jail cells and are exploited for their labor while privatized prisons profit off their incarceration (see: war on drugs, or "13th" on Netflix). I can list examples like those two all day, but the point is that people of color continue to face institutionalized, systematic racism that has legal & political backing and an entire history causing and justifying it. White people do not have to deal with that, hence the term "white privilege." And, again, no one is saying white people don't have problems. That's not what "white privilege" means.

If your first reaction is to be angry and comment why this is wrong, take a deep breath, slowly read the post again and wait for the words t...

Anaconda, Animals, and Cats: California Couple Arrested for Forcing Their Children to Live in Plvwood Box for Almost Five Years @balleralert California Couple Arrested for Forcing Their Children to Live in Plywood Box for Almost Five Years - blogged by: @ashleytearra โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € An older California couple has been arrested on child cruelty charges for forcing their three children to live in a plywood box for the last four years, the New York Post reports. โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € On Thursday, Mona Kirk and Daniel Panico were taken to the Morongo Basin Jail, after sheriff deputies discovered the childrenโ€™s unbelievable living conditions during a property check-in Joshua Treeโ€”which is 130 miles east of Los Angeles. โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € According to officials, a large, rectangular boxโ€”standing approximately 4-feet high and 10-feet wide, with about 20 feet of space from end to end, was spotted near an abandoned caravan that held about 40 roaming cats and loads of trash and feces. The feces were said to be from both humans and animals. โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € The land surrounding the box and travel camper was filled with old junk and broken toys. A recent press release stated that the victimsโ€”ages 11, 13, and 14, were also found to have an โ€œinadequate amount of foodโ€ in the โ€œunsuitable and unsafe environment.โ€ โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € They are now in Children and Family Servicesโ€™ custody. โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € Kirk, 51, and Panico, 73, have a bail set at $100,000.
Anaconda, Animals, and Cats: California Couple Arrested for
 Forcing Their Children to Live in
 Plvwood Box for Almost Five
 Years @balleralert
California Couple Arrested for Forcing Their Children to Live in Plywood Box for Almost Five Years - blogged by: @ashleytearra โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € An older California couple has been arrested on child cruelty charges for forcing their three children to live in a plywood box for the last four years, the New York Post reports. โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € On Thursday, Mona Kirk and Daniel Panico were taken to the Morongo Basin Jail, after sheriff deputies discovered the childrenโ€™s unbelievable living conditions during a property check-in Joshua Treeโ€”which is 130 miles east of Los Angeles. โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € According to officials, a large, rectangular boxโ€”standing approximately 4-feet high and 10-feet wide, with about 20 feet of space from end to end, was spotted near an abandoned caravan that held about 40 roaming cats and loads of trash and feces. The feces were said to be from both humans and animals. โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € The land surrounding the box and travel camper was filled with old junk and broken toys. A recent press release stated that the victimsโ€”ages 11, 13, and 14, were also found to have an โ€œinadequate amount of foodโ€ in the โ€œunsuitable and unsafe environment.โ€ โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € They are now in Children and Family Servicesโ€™ custody. โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € Kirk, 51, and Panico, 73, have a bail set at $100,000.

California Couple Arrested for Forcing Their Children to Live in Plywood Box for Almost Five Years - blogged by: @ashleytearra โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €...

Cheating, Crazy, and God: No One's Relationship Is Perfect; We Have All Been Stupid At Least Once @balleralert No Oneโ€™s Relationship Is Perfect; We Have All Been Stupid At Least Once -blogged by @peachkyss โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € Letโ€™s be honest, we have all been in a crazy a$$ relationship where we have done some of the dumbest sh!t ever. Whether we snooped in their phone because we know for a fact theyโ€™re cheating, drove by his house to make sure heโ€™s home like he said he was, or confronted the other chick heโ€™s messing with. Most of the time itโ€™s due to our maturity level, which usually takes place in our late teens to early twenties. โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € What puzzles me is how some people can turn their nose up at the next person like they didnโ€™t wait 6-years for Lilโ€™ Shooter to get out of jail or haven't caught their mate cheating, yet they still want to stay while their mate does it over and over again. If someone wants to be stupid, let them. In some cases, people have to go through some situations to learn what they will accept and will not accept in a relationship. โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € Just because you have been stupid once, doesnโ€™t mean you have to be stupid all your life. Donโ€™t make the same mistakes over and over in every relationship. โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € I know now that most of us are older and we look at other peopleโ€™s situations and say, โ€œThank God for growth!โ€ โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € What have you done that was stupid in your past or current relationship that you can actually laugh at now?
Cheating, Crazy, and God: No One's Relationship Is Perfect; We Have
 All Been Stupid At Least Once
 @balleralert
No Oneโ€™s Relationship Is Perfect; We Have All Been Stupid At Least Once -blogged by @peachkyss โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € Letโ€™s be honest, we have all been in a crazy a$$ relationship where we have done some of the dumbest sh!t ever. Whether we snooped in their phone because we know for a fact theyโ€™re cheating, drove by his house to make sure heโ€™s home like he said he was, or confronted the other chick heโ€™s messing with. Most of the time itโ€™s due to our maturity level, which usually takes place in our late teens to early twenties. โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € What puzzles me is how some people can turn their nose up at the next person like they didnโ€™t wait 6-years for Lilโ€™ Shooter to get out of jail or haven't caught their mate cheating, yet they still want to stay while their mate does it over and over again. If someone wants to be stupid, let them. In some cases, people have to go through some situations to learn what they will accept and will not accept in a relationship. โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € Just because you have been stupid once, doesnโ€™t mean you have to be stupid all your life. Donโ€™t make the same mistakes over and over in every relationship. โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € I know now that most of us are older and we look at other peopleโ€™s situations and say, โ€œThank God for growth!โ€ โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € What have you done that was stupid in your past or current relationship that you can actually laugh at now?

No Oneโ€™s Relationship Is Perfect; We Have All Been Stupid At Least Once -blogged by @peachkyss โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € Letโ€™s be honest, we have all ...