Watch Pusha T's Prison Reform PSA
Wed, 21 Dec 2016 09:53:12
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In a new PSA advocating for prison reform, Pusha T tells the story of Norman Brown, a former inmate who spent much of his life incarcerated due to mandatory minimum sentencing laws. At the age of 22, Brown was found guilty on six counts of crack cocaine distribution - a non-violent crime - but due to previous offenses and sentencing guidelines was given life without parole.
Pusha T reads Brown's words directly into a camera, detailing how Brown ended up selling narcotics. The letter also explains how Brown found his calling in prison as a teacher, and how he was released, "In 2010, I filed for clemency, but I'd lost hope in the system. I'd been in for fifteen years and several motions had been denied. While in prison, my mother, my father, my brother and my grandmother all died. My daughter was also born. In many ways, we grew up together."
Brown was imprisoned for 20 years before he was released when Barack Obama commuted his sentence. During his readjustment to modern life, Brown has found himself helping other former inmates transition to life outside prison and counsels juveniles. At the end of the PSA, Pusha T reads, "When you let us rot away, society loses out on the gifts we have to give to the community and the world."
—The ARTISTdirect Staff