Van Jones Elated About ‘Transformative’ Probation Law, Says Change is Happening
Van Jones can’t stop smiling about the big victory for the REFORM Alliance – the new law, he says, will improve the lives of tens of thousands of Californians … and that’s just the start, he hopes he.
The CEO of REFORM and esteemed news commentator joined “TMZ Live” on Thursday, still on top after Gov. Gavin Newsom signed the 1950 AB Bill into law … which Jones calls a “transformative” law.
Van says it’s about giving people a fair chance and preparing them for success, and gives Newsom props to work with REFORM to make an essential change to the state probation system.
As we reported … the new law limits adult probation sentences to a maximum of 1 year for misdemeanor and 2 years for misdemeanor. Van says that ideally this will reduce small probation violations and prevent people from going back to jail when they aren’t even committing crimes.
More importantly, Jones says the law is put in place to give people in the criminal justice system a “stepping stone to success, not a trap to failure” … to lead productive lives after is doing their time.
Jones also believes that this progress is the result of all the protests for change, and even though the alliance was founded by big names like Jay Z, Meek Mill, Michael rubin and Robert kraft … everyone involved in the movement helped.
Van tells us that this is real change happening in front of our eyes, so don’t sleep on it … the tens of thousands of people that it will positively affect certainly won’t.
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