The issues of mass incarceration and the school-to-prison pipeline, coupled with nationwide protests over the deaths of unarmed young men and women of color, provide an unprecedented opportunity for all of us to get involved in criminal justice reform efforts.

#FREEAMERICA is a multi-year culture campaign initiated by John Legend to change the national conversation about our country’s misguided policies and transform America’s criminal justice system.

In 2015, John Legend is leading a nationwide listening and learning tour, visiting with people who are incarcerated, law enforcement, legislators, and experts who’ve been thinking critically about America’s prison problem.


Nearly 7 million people are now under correctional control (inside prison, jail or on probation or parole).

700% in 40 years

Incarceration rates have increased by 700% in the past 40 years despite crime rates falling dramatically.


1 in 4 adults (65 million people) in the United States now has a criminal record.



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