The owners of the Brooklyn Nets announced the first grant recipients of their ten-year, $50 million Social Justice Fund. One of the awardees is formerly incarcerated Michael "Zaki" Smith, co-founder of Feast for Fair Chance, an organization with a mission to fight recidivism by eliminating the key areas that impact reintegration after incarceration.
"There are 47,000 punishments for a person with a criminal conviction—and in some states even an arrest—that could bar you from employment, housing, education, licensing, and voting, to name a few. All the things that can impact a person’s ability to stay out of prison are now restricted or taken away. My passion is to create policy to remove the heartbeat of recidivism that is collateral consequences." - Michael "Zaki" Smith