Jay-Z’s Roc Nation Invests in App Aimed at Improving Our Criminal-Justice System

Want to know what phase the moon is in? There’s an app for that. Want to track your meals? There are dozens of apps for that. Want to see which works of art your face resembles? There’s an app for that, too.

Want to address mass incarceration?

Well, Jay-Z—and many others—are hoping a new app may be the answer.

The rapper and mogul’s entertainment company, Roc Nation, has just been announced as an investor in Promise, an app that hopes to chip away at our country’s incarceration problem.

Promise offers a “comprehensive intake procedure” through a number of services. The first thing the app provides to clients is financial assistance with bail costs, as the Vera Institute of Justice found (Complex). A major contributing factor in the issue of America’s overcrowded jails is the huge swells of people who can’t afford to post bail.

The Promise app, which, according to its press release, is designed to help government agencies “support those who would otherwise be in custody” or are on probation or parole, will also provide an “intelligent calendar” that allows users to keep track of court appearances, drug testing and other important dates.

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