Facebook CEO and founder, Mark Zuckerberg, is supporting ex-prisoners to push for extensive prison reforms across the United States. The social media billionaire is doing this under the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (ZKI), a non-profit set up with his wife.
The conservative ex-prisoners are lobbying the Congress to initiate reforms across federal prisons.
Prison laws have changed in about 30 US states after conservative prison reform groups pushed for changes and mounted pressure on state governments.
Mark Zuckerberg Fights for Prison Reform to End Recidivism
“If You Go To Prison Early In Life, You’ll be More Likely To Go Later in Life,” Zuckerberg Says
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has gone on several travels abroad and across the US. He has toured several prison facilities and came up with a list of reforms that ought to be implemented to make things easier for inmates.
Some of the prison reforms Zuckerberg is pushing for will ensure that fewer people, including youths, go to prison.
Zuckerberg visited San Quentin, the famous Bay Are prison near San Francisco, in 2015. He was also at a juvenile detention center in South Bend, Indiana, recently.
The Facebook King lamented the number of juveniles caught up in the US criminal justice system, adding the government is constructing the wrong social network for many of these kids. Zuckerberg said:
“We’re building the wrong social network for those kids.
You don’t want those kids to be affected that way. If you go to prison early in life, you’ll be more likely to go later in life.”
Some Leaders of the Prison Reform Advocacy Groups Are Ex-Convicts
The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative has released funding to several prison reform advocacy groups to this end. One of the groups is Families Against Mandatory Minimums, led by Kevin Ring, a former Republican Congressional staffer and an ex-prison inmate.
Another group is the ACU Foundation Center for Criminal Justice Reform (CCJR) led by deputy director David Safavian and director Pat Nolan.
CCJR is a unit of the American Conservative Union Foundation, a powerful conservative lobbying group. Both Safavian and Nolan have served prison terms corruption charges.