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Pusha T Reads the Story of Norman Brown in PSA for Criminal Justice Reform

Pusha T is the star of a new video about criminal justice reform from the New York-based Fictionless Films. In the clip, Pusha reads the words of Norman Brown, a Washington, D.C.-area man convicted of nonviolent drug offenses and sentenced to life without parole at age 22, back in 1990. In prison, Brown found his calling as a teacher and mentor. President Barack Obama granted him clemency in 2015.

“If you leave people for too long, they can become rotten,” Pusha says, quoting Brown. “When you let us rot away, society loses out on the gifts we have to give the community and the world.”

Pusha T has been an outspoken political voice this year, campaigning for Hillary Clinton and advocating for marijuana law reform as a way to reduce incarceration rates. Other videos in Fictionless Films’ new #MySentence series feature the stories of formerly incarcerated people as performed by MonicaGabourey Sidibe, Tim Robbins, and Ludacris. The project is co-produced by Families Against Mandatory Minimums, CAN-DO, the Innocence Project, and the ACLU.

Watch Pusha T present Norman Brown’s story below.