Jay Z‘s company, Roc Nation, is investing in a new application that will help bring down the number of incarceration cases across the United States. ‘Promise‘ is the name of the application and it was co-created by Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins, former manager of the late musician, Prince.
Jay released an official statement explaining why he feels a need to be part of the project. Here’s what he said:
‘We are increasingly alarmed by the injustice in our criminal justice system. Money, time and lives are wasted with the current policies. It’s time for an innovative and progressive technology that offers sustainable solutions to tough problems. Promise’s team, led by Phaedra, is building an app that can help provide “liberty and justice for all” to millions.’
‘Promise’ has also released a statement detailing how it plans to accomplish the task at hand and how the app will function. According to them:
‘Promise steps in during the pre-trial process to assist those that cannot afford bail. Following a comprehensive intake procedure, Promise sets up an individualized plan for each participant. Promise then monitors and supports participants to help them succeed with their plans. Each participant has the ‘Promise’ app on their phone and receives an intelligent calendar of their obligations (court appearances, drug testing, substance abuse treatment, etc) and adaptive reminders to help them meet these obligations. Promise also provides coordinated referrals and support based on individual needs, including job training, housing, counseling, etc. Participant progress is tracked so that clients and participants can easily view compliance and status.’
The app was officially be launched on March 20 at Y Combinator Demo Day.
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