Rapper T.I. is continuing is efforts towards prison reform by joining his hometown’s local city jail task force aimed at cleaning up their local detention centers.
The Grammy award-winning rapper, born Clifford Harris, joined the newly formed task force that’s aimed at finding a new use for Atlanta’s city jail. Along with Tip, the task force will include criminal justice reform volunteers, activists, and council members, WSB-TV reports.
The 25 members named to the task force were announced in a news release late Tuesday. The group was put together six weeks after the city decided to create a task force to repurpose the Atlanta City Detention Center. According to reports, the task force will examine potential uses for the jail that currently houses detainees who violated city ordinances and minor traffic violations.
The task force is assigned with gathering feedback from the local community on the best new use of the jail and presenting proposed recommendations to Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms.
“There is a much better use for this facility,” said Mayor Bottoms as she signed legislation to have the jail closed in May. “My dream for this jail, for this physical facility, is that it becomes a center of equity. I see this as a place that we will have access to childcare, GED training, vocational training, also perhaps some type of housing in this place, workspace.”
This is T.I.’s latest effort towards prison reform following his partnership with Ebenezer Baptist Church in April on a massive Freedom Day Bailout and expungement campaign, WSB-TV reports.