Patriots, 76ers owners join Meek Mill, Jay-Z to support criminal justice reforms
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The owners of the NFL's New England Patriots and the NBA's Philadelphia 76ers joined with rappers Meek Mill and Jay-Z on Wednesday to back a new organization focused on criminal justice reform.

Patriots owner Robert Kraft and 76ers co-owner Michael Rubin appeared at an event in New York for the launch of the Reform Alliance. The group will put $50 million toward its efforts to reform parole and probation policies with the hopes of reducing recidivism. 

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Kraft said he was inspired to join the effort after visiting Meek Mill in prison last April after the rapper was sentenced to two to four years for parole violations.

"I’d never been to jail before and going there and seeing him, I didn’t sleep the rest of the night when I got home because here I’m thinking how out of touch someone like myself is with what’s really going on," Kraft said.

Meek Mill was released on bail roughly two weeks after Kraft's visit amid overwhelming public outcry. The rapper will serve as a co-chair of the Reform Alliance.

CNN host and political commentator Van Jones will serve as the organization's CEO. The group said its initial focus will be "disabling the revolving door of probation and parole."

President TrumpDonald John TrumpAmash responds to 'Send her back' chants at Trump rally: 'This is how history's worst episodes begin' McConnell: Trump 'on to something' with attacks on Dem congresswomen Trump blasts 'corrupt' Puerto Rico's leaders amid political crisis MORE late last year signed into law bipartisan criminal justice reform legislation that rolls back mandatory minimum sentences in certain instances and expands on "good time credits" for well-behaved prisoners looking to shorten their sentences.