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Meek Mill, Jay-Z and sports owners back justice reforms

NEW YORK (AP) – A coalition of big names in sports and entertainment is taking on criminal justice reform.

Rappers Meek Mill and Jay-Z joined the owners of the Philadelphia 76ers, Brooklyn Nets and New England Patriots in New York City Wednesday to announce the launch of an organization that will lobby for changes to state probation and parole laws.

The Reform Alliance will be led by Van Jones, a CNN host and activist.

Sixers co-owner Michael Rubin says the group is dedicating $ 50 million to the effort.

Mill became a symbol for criminal justice reform after a judge in Pennsylvania sentenced him to 2-4 years in prison for minor violations of probation rules in a decade-old gun and drug possession case.

He spent months in prison before a court ordered him released.

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