Variety &Rolling Stone Announce Criminal Justice Reform Summit With Van Jones, Kim Kardashian &Meek Mill
by Derêka K. Bennett
The event will be held at the Jeremy Hotel in West Hollywood and will be presented by sponsors, including The Margaret and Daniel Loeb Foundation, and The Joan Ganz Cooney and Holly Peterson Foundation.
This summit will bring together the “entertainment, philanthropic, advocacy and policymaking communities to drive criminal justice reform,” according to Variety.
Jones will be a keynote speaker for the summit where he will talk about the American criminal justice system along Kardashian West, who is also an advocate for prison reform.
“Not only do we face a mass incarceration problem in the United States, but almost 60 percent of inmates currently in prison or jail are racial and ethnic minorities,” said Jones. “Uncovering the roots of this national issue and creating a diverse advocacy community is a huge step toward generating legitimate policy change.”
The Coalition for Public Safety, the Justice Action Network, #cut50, ARC, and One Community LLC will also co-host the summit along with Variety and Rolling Stone.
“Criminal justice reform has been a key issue for Rolling Stone since the magazine’s early days,” said Jason Fine, editor of Rolling Stone magazine. “Recently we’ve looked at the out-of-control private prison system, how tainted evidence can lead to countless wrongful convictions, and what happens when a vindictive judge uses the parole system to keep one of hip-hop’s biggest stars in jail. We believe that a national effort to bring about criminal justice reform is one of the most important issues of our time.”
Panelists for this event are Fab 5 Freddy, Scott Budnick, Daniel Loeb, Philadelphia 76ers and New Jersey Devils co-owner Michael Rubin, U.S. governors John Bel Edwards, Mary Fallin and Dannel P. Malloy, former New York Times editor and Marshall Project editor-in-chief Bill Keller and “Get Out” actress Allison Williams. Find out more at Variety.com