Jay Z And Meek Mill Start $50 Million Criminal Justice Alliance

Jay Z and Meek Mill have started a $50 million criminal justice reform alliance.

Jay Z and Meek Mill Start $50 Million Criminal Justice Reform Alliance.

(CNN)Rappers Jay-Z and Meek Mill have joined with sports and business leaders to try and reform the criminal justice system.

The pair were on hand Wednesday at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York to announce the formation of the REFORM Alliance, an organization that aims to reduce the number of people serving unjust parole and probation sentences.

In addition to Jay-Z and Mill, the founding partners include Philadelphia 76ers co-owner and Fanatics executive chairman Michael Rubin, 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 group has pledged $50 million to launch the organization and hired CNN political commentator Van Jones as CEO.

Jones said in a statement that the job “is the opportunity of a lifetime.”

“I have spent my entire adult life preparing myself to help lead an initiative of this magnitude,” he said. “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.”

Both Jay-Z and Mill have been outspoken in their advocacy for criminal justice reform.

In 2017 Mill received a 2- to 4-year prison sentence for violating probation on a 2008 gun and drug case.