Details On Jay Z’s New App & How It Benefits Those Fighting The Court System

Often time in news, we hear of people who get caught up in the court system and serve unfair time. In other instances, they’re found innocent. Jay Z is continuing to take his talents to doing some good as he’s developing an app that helps those who are stuck in the system.

Nine times out of ten, you’ll find an app for something in your designated app store. Now, there’s another good one that’s going to join the list but I can imagine the technicalities involved in such a unique app. Jay Z is working on app with former Prince manager Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins called Promise. If this isn’t dope, I’m not sure what is.

The company describes its app’s goal as creating “a sustainable and scalable program that will reduce the number of people behind bars, recidivism and the cost of care by extending the capabilities of community supervision.” It will be open for use by both parolees and government agencies.

Promise, debuting on March 20 at Y Combinator Demo Day, will help individuals who can’t afford bail and those who are on parole to keep track of their court-mandated obligations in order to stay on the right side of the law. Per Promise’s website, the app will provide: “an individualized plan for each participant… Each participant has the Promise app on their phone and receives an intelligent calendar of their obligations (court appearances, drug testing, substance abuse treatment, etc) and adaptive reminders to help them meet these obligations. Promise also provides coordinated referrals and support based on individual needs, including job training, housing, counseling, etc. Participant progress is tracked so that clients and participants can easily view compliance and status.”

Jay Z also commented on the app and where he hopes to lead it.

“We are increasingly alarmed by the injustice in our criminal justice system,” he said. “Money, time and lives are wasted with the current policies. It’s time for an innovative and progressive technology that offers sustainable solutions to tough problems. Promise’s team, led by Phaedra, is building an app that can help provide ‘liberty and justice for all’ to millions.”

This is most certainly innovative as you can see that technology can be applied to practically anything.

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