French Montana Teams Up With 'Mass Bail Out' Event to Help Inmates Afford Bail in The Bronx
Though French Montana is busy making new music for his eager devotees, he's also making sure he's still an active member in the community. On Monday, Montana journeyed to the Vernon C. Bain Center in The Bronx in an effort to help out inmates who can't afford bail.
As part of Mass Bail Out -- a collaborative effort carried out by Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights, Global Citizen and grassroots groups comprised of formerly incarcerated inmates -- Montana's efforts comes at a time when rappers such as Meek Mill have also voiced their opinions about reforming the prison system.
“Today, I came home to the Bronx to post bail for someone who is being detained before trial simply because they cannot afford bail,” French Montana tells Billboard. “Many people aren’t aware that 50 percent of the population falls under the poverty line. It is an honor to partner with Global Citizen and Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights to join the Mass Bail Out and fight against the criminalization of poverty."
He adds: "The law is innocent until proven guilty, not the other way around. I am personally affected by this issue, as I have friends (my best friend Max B was sentenced to 75 years), family, and members of the Bronx community who have fallen victim to the unfair system. It’s time for change and I am grateful to be part of this process.”
After his visit, Montana hosted a teach-in session where he educated members of the Bronx community about Mass Bail Out and issues revolving around criminal justice reform, pre-trial detention, conditions on Rikers Island and more. Montana was joined by Michael Blake, New York Assembly member (Assembly District 79 - Bronx); Akeem Browder, president of the Kalief Browder Foundation; Veena Sykes, founder of Hope House NYC; and more.