Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Keys, Booker Attend Rally for Change in Justice System

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Keys, Booker Attend Rally for Change in Justice System

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WASHINGTON -- Recording artist Alicia Keys joined U.S. Sen. Cory Booker on Monday in seeking a dramatic overhaul of the justice system, arguing that the war on drugs and mandatory prison sentences are destroying families and making poverty worse.

Speaking in the ornate Kennedy Caucus Room to a standing-room crowd of congressional aides, Keys said it was possible to create a more compassionate society that would also save public money.

"We need to address the underlying issues instead of just locking people up," Keys said. "People too poor to feed their children will commit crimes to survive."

Keys formed the "We Are Here Movement" in 2014 to bring people together for social change. Along with calling for criminal justice reform, it advocates tougher gun laws, global improvements in education, universal health care, and an end to "poverty, oppression and hopelessness," according to a note Keys posted on the group's Facebook page.

She has also partnered with the Cut50 movement, which seeks to reduce the United States prison population by 50 percent within 10 years. …

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