Music mogul JAY-Z is more determined than ever to deliver help to anyone caught in an overwhelming criminal justice system. Young Hov has partnered up to launch a new app called Promise to the masses.
According to reports, Young Hov and his Roc Nation have backed Promise to deliver a helping hand to both the government and people dealing with legal injustice.
Promise, an app co-founded by social entrepreneur and former Prince manager Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins, hopes “to create a sustainable and scalable program that will reduce the number of people behind bars, recidivism and the cost of care by extending the capabilities of community supervision,” the company said. The app will be open to both government agencies and users on parole or who would otherwise be incarcerated. (Rolling Stone)
JAY has issued a statement to speak on his involvement and the app’s value.
“We are increasingly alarmed by the injustice in our criminal justice system,” Jay-Z said in a statement. “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.” (Rolling Stone)
The app will ultimately help low-risk people avoid going behind bars because of bail costs.
This is where Promise, a de-carceration startup that just raised a $3 million round led by First Round Capital with participation from Jay-Z’s Roc Nation, 8VC and Kapor Capital, comes in. … For each participant, Promise provides counties with a comprehensive intake procedure and then sets up each participant with a care plan specific to them. Promise will then monitor and support participants by helping them ensure they know when they’re supposed to appear in court, and remind them of obligations like drug testing or substance abuse treatment needed. The app also provides participants with job training, housing, counseling and referrals. (Tech Crunch)
Jay-Z’s Roc Nation and First Round Capital invest $3 million in bail reform startup Promise (YC W18): https://t.co/Q8t34ufsCT
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Promise would also ultimately help counties save money with its monitoring features.
Instead of a county paying to incarcerate someone simply because they can’t afford to post bail, they can use Promise to monitor compliance with court orders and better keep tabs on people via the app and, if needed, GPS monitoring devices. Counties, courts, case managers and other stakeholders can also access progress reports of individuals to monitor compliance. (Marketing Muses)
Promise is expected to receive its first public look at the annual Y Combinator Demo Day where various startups come together for funding with a limited invite-only audience.