Why Award-Winning Artist & Activist Common is Passionate About Prison Reform

Artist and activist Common discussed his passion for criminal justice reform on an episode of Color of Change’s #TellBlackStories podcast.
“I had the opportunity and gift to be able to sit down with Michelle Alexander, who wrote this book, ‘The New Jim Crow,’” he explained. “And she showed me the connection of the violence that was going on in my city, to how the criminal justice system has been perpetuating that, the prison system has been perpetuating that because, you know, fathering being removed from the home, homes. People going into the prison system and not being rehabilitated and coming back to society.”