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John Legend Launches Campaign to End Mass Incarceration

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Citi presents exclusive John Legend concert for Citi ThankYou Cardmembers at The Emerson Theatre benefitting Teach for America on April 21, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.

John Legend has launched a campaign to end mass incarceration.

Legend says FREE AMERICA is a multiyear initiative. He will visit and perform at a correctional facility Thursday in Austin, Texas, where he will also participate in a press conference with state legislators to discuss Texas' criminal justice system.

The Grammy-winning singer says he's launching the campaign "because it is unacceptable that there are more jails in our country than colleges and universities."

He will also visit a California state prison and co-host a criminal justice event with Politico in Washington, D.C., later this month.

Says Legend: "I don't want to live in a nation that criminalizes addiction and poverty."