Springfield’s John Legend launches new initiative for criminal justice reform

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Grammy award winning singer John Legend opens up about why the issue of criminal justice reform is personal to him and how he’s teaming up with Bank of America to help formerly incarcerated people become entrepreneurs. Legend talks with CTM's Gayle King.

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Artist and civil rights advocate John Legend appeared on “CBS This Morning” and spoke about his new initiative for helping those previously incarcerated.

The program, Unlocked Futures, will invest in business and entrepreneurial ideas for those who have spent time in jail.

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Legend spoke with “CBS This Morning” co-host Gayle King to explain why it is so important to him that this initiative launched.

"Every time we lock someone up, it's a choice we're making. We're saying, 'We're gonna invest dollars into keeping people in cages,' or we could have invested that money into making their communities better, making them safer, healthier and better educated so they were never in trouble in the first place," Legend said. "So many communities and families have been destroyed. I've personally seen the effects of incarceration on my own family and my community."

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The 10-time Grammy singer kicks off his tour celebrating his new album, Darkness and Light, this Friday at the AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami, Fla.

Legend will perform at the Rose Music Center in Huber Heights on June 12. Tickets start at $68.

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