Jay-Z's Roc Nation Raise $1M to Fund Legal Fights Against Wrongful Convictions
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The company founded by the '99 Problems' hitmaker have raised money in an effort to benefit the Midwest Innocence Project to help overturn wrongful convictions.

AceShowbiz - Bosses at Jay-Z's Roc Nation have raised $1 million (£734,000) to fund legal fights against wrongful convictions.

The money raised by Team Roc, the criminal justice division of the star's entertainment organisation, will benefit the Midwest Innocence Project (MIP) in Kansas.

Tricia Rojo Bushnell, executive director of the MIP, told the Kansas City Star the donation is "a huge investment" which will fund company bosses' efforts for a year across five midwestern states.

"The ability to look at these cases... is really going to continue to shine a light on what we need to do to actually provide a just criminal legal system in Wyandotte County," she added, revealing there's a waiting list of at least 40 people hoping to have their convictions reviewed.

The hefty donation isn't Jay-Z's only big recent investment. He's also getting into business with Flowhub, a Denver, Colorado-based cannabis point-of-sale software company.

Last month, the hip-hop artist reportedly pleaded with a judge to release his fan, a 55-year-old man named Valon Vailes who is serving a 20-year prison sentence for cannabis possession.

The star's lawyer filed a new motion, requesting for a "compassionate release" after the first motion, which was filed in August, got denied over the inmate's COVID-19 vaccination record.

In a letter to Jay-Z, the man wrote, "13 and a half years is a long time to be still incarcerated over a substance that has become the ultimate green rush."

"My family needs me home... While incarcerated, I have lost loved ones... My mother passed in 2020; my grandmother in 2009; my nephew in 2020. Also, my best friend died from COVID in 2021. I have four children, the youngest is 1.4, and 3 grand-daughters."

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