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“Alicia Keys, the Grammy Award-winning singer and actress, has been one of the most outspoken advocates for reforming the criminal justice system. In November, Keys’ We Are Here movement announced a partnership with #cut50, a movement founded by former White House official Van Jones that seeks to cut the prison population in half. The two groups are collaborating on #JusticeReformNOW, a call to action for the public to apply pressure to members of Congress.
“As part of that initiative, Keys has recorded a Valentine’s Day message directed at Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan, urging him to bring criminal justice reform to a vote in the House of Representatives.
“‘Help bring justice reform to a vote, so we can keep families together and reunite those unjustly torn apart by excessive incarceration,’ Keys says in the video, shared exclusively with Mic.”