Though French Montana is busy making new music for his keen devotees, he's additionally ensuring he's nonetheless an lively member locally. On Monday, Montana journeyed to the Vernon C. Bain Center in The Bronx in an effort to assist out inmates who can't afford bail.
As half Mass Bail Out — a collaborative effort carried out by Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights, Global Citizen and grassroots teams comprised previously incarcerated inmates — Montana's efforts comes at a time when rappers corresponding to Meek Mill have additionally voiced their opinions about reforming the jail system.
“Today, I got here house to the Bronx to publish bail for somebody who’s being detained earlier than trial just because they can not afford bail,” French Montana tells Billboard. “Many folks aren’t conscious that 50 p.c the inhabitants falls underneath the poverty line. It is an honor to companion with Global Citizen and Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights to hitch the Mass Bail Out and battle in opposition to the criminalization poverty."
He provides: "The regulation is harmless till confirmed responsible, not the opposite approach round. I’m personally affected by this subject, as I’ve mates (my greatest pal Max B was sentenced to 75 years), household, and members the Bronx group who’ve fallen sufferer to the unfair system. It’s time for change and I’m grateful to be half this course of.”
After his go to, Montana hosted a teach-in session the place he educated members the Bronx group about Mass Bail Out and points revolving round felony justice reform, pre-trial detention, circumstances on Rikers Island and extra. Montana was joined by Michael Blake, New York Assembly member (Assembly District 79 – Bronx); Akeem Browder, president the Kalief Browder Foundation; Veena Sykes, founder Hope House NYC; and extra.