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Common Performs At Folsom State Prison, Advocates For Criminal Justice Reform

Common Performs At Folsom State Prison, Advocates For Criminal Justice Reform

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Award-winning rapper Common uses his platform to advocate for criminal justice reform every opportunity he gets. His most recent opportunity was at the Folsom State Prison in California, where he performed a free concert for the inmates. The concert was a part of his Imagine Justice initiative. 

"I'm blessed to have the opportunity to connect with my brothers inside Folsom State Prison and perform for them to inspire them and spread a message of hope, redemption, justice, love and compassion," Common wrote in an Instagram post. 

See more photos from Common's visit below: 

This wasn't the first time Common used his talents to inspire people in the prison system. Earlier this year, as a part of his Hope and Redemption Prison Tour, Common spent four days performing for men and women serving time in California prisons, as well as listened to the touching stories of those serving long sentences. Common also held a special community concert at the Capitol Mall in Sacramento with artists J.Cole, Goapele, and political commentator and activist Van Jones last month.

"The Hope and Redemption Tour was one of the greatest and most awakening experiences of my life," Common said. "It inspired me, as I met some of the most humane and enlightened people. For them to be in such difficult circumstances, yet be aspiring toward hope and their own and others’ humanity, was amazing." 

Common, thank you for your passion and commitment to helping create a better future.