Jay-Z, pictured left with Nipsey Hussle, is under fire for investing $3 million in a startup company that assists state and local governments to track parolees by improving GPS monitoring technology.

The difference between Jay-Z and the late rapper Nipsey Hussle is that Nipsey uplifted his community while Jay-Z seeks to exploit and profit from it.

Promise is a de-carceration startup that raised $3 million in capital funding from corporations and individuals led by Jay-Z's Roc Nation.

Promise doesn't raise funds to bail detainees out of jail. Instead, Promise is a technology/software design company that sells apps that help government agencies track people who are released from jail under the First Step Act.

Promise provides an incarceration alternative by using software that replaces home confinement and ankle monitoring with a smartphone app to track "participants” and remind them when they're supposed to appear in court or take a urine drug test.

Jay-Z begins his pitch by noting that "$9 billion is wasted incarcerating people who have not been convicted of crimes."

Instead of paying to keep petty criminals in jail because they can't afford bond, Jay-Z's solution is to put them back out on the streets and assist local and government agencies to track them through the use of a smartphone app to ensure that they show up for trial.

"We are increasingly alarmed by the injustice in our criminal justice system," Jay-Z said in a statement. "Money, time and lives are wasted with the current policies. It's time for an innovative and progressive technology that offers sustainable solutions to tough problems. Promise's team, led by co-founder and CEO Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins, is building an app that can help provide 'liberty and justice for all' to millions."

Promise's team, led by its biracial founder, Ellis-Lamkins, consists almost entirely of white men and women and one lone Black guy.

Ellis-Lamkins responded to her critics on Twitter.com who say she and Jay-Z are profiting from GPS monitoring by noting that her company doesn't make GPS ankle monitoring devices.

But she left out the part where her company helps government agencies keep tabs on people who wear ankle monitoring devices by tracking their every move with her app and providing "progress reports."

Ellis-Lamkins says, instead of a county paying to incarcerate someone simply because they can't afford to post bail, the government can pay Promise to "monitor compliance with court orders and better keep tabs on people via the app and, if needed, GPS monitoring devices."

In other words, Ellis-Lamkins and Jay-Z advocate for releasing non-violent petty criminals back onto the streets so Promise can profit by monitoring them.

It's disingenuous for Ellis-Lamkins to say her company doesn't profit from GPS tracking devices without explaining that her app improves on the GPS tracking technology.

Many Twitter users say Jay-Z rarely invests a dime in the Black community unless there's easy money to be made. It looks like they have a point.

Photos by Shareif Ziyadat/Getty Images, Bob Levey/Getty Images

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Jay-Z seeks to exploit and profit from it.
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  • Bashi22

    Business is Business rich/wealthy people always investing their money for a profit. We as coloured people need to wise up and start do for ourselves.

  • Monica Lewinsky

    If the person was going to be locked up anyways, why not be on an ankle monitor so that they can still go to work and help out their family? Maybe I’m missing something, but I don’t see how this is a bad thing.

  • 11pink123

    Nip was on the right path until he start messing around with Jay Z, Diddy and Khalid.

  • Robert lee Bennett OG

    F all these criminals I feel a person should get 30 years for stealing out the store..

  • ALLMINE?

    I guess we're all criminals and we're supposed to be angry? Don't tell me how to invest my money???

  • ALLMINE?

    Yup and you'd turn down a chance to work with them

  • osmenna

    Stay out of trouble and you don't have to worry about a ankle bracelet.

  • ALLMINE?

    Exactly.

  • osmenna

    Stay out of trouble and you won't have to worry about being monitored by GPS.

  • Zeta Aggie

    I don’t have an issue with this. Some of us are in jail because that’s where we placed ourselves.

  • Karen Brady

    Exactly

  • Karen Brady

    Facts

  • Navybeans95

    Violent crime, cyber thieves and rapists, child molesters. ..Keep them mfs locked up...track they az...whatever to keep them away from everyone else....I don't see the problem with this...

  • Calikush

    ?????Soooooo......what’s the problem? Sounds like a pretty good system to me!

  • Marlika

    Who cares! Don’t do sh*t that will get you on parole or probation. Most people in jail lead a life or crime or did ignorant illegal shit and got caught.

    I always think about if it’s worth going to prison when I’m approach with certain situations. Like busting my b*tch ass neighbor upside his head. I almost cause he’s been asking for it for the past three years. ?? But instead I had some nice choice words for him which in turn being the punk he is called the police and filed a report ? claiming I “threaten”him ????? I know he’s not worth me going to jail unless he puts his hands on me. Which he ain’t cause he’s not stupid. So see I avoided going to jail by not putting hands on him but scared him enough with my choice of words for him to stop planking with me??

  • Scromes1212

    People want to perceive Jay z as a freedom fighter but really he is just a good capitalist with survivors remorse smh they get mad at private prisons for making money off inmates but it's ok for you to make money off parolees smh yeah ok that makes perfect sense

  • Scromes1212

    Private prison= bad
    Private parole track system= good
    Ok, got it smh

  • Navybeans95

    I watch ID channel all the time that show about neighbors from hell....SMH, shit can go left fast...its not worth it...this earth ..this country...your state..is a big place...with lots of other places to call home....

  • Prettybrowneyes

    For once I agree with half of your statement ?

  • Li-Wright

    Well, it's either electronic monitoring or jail. What do people prefer?

  • MRiGOThim

    How is ppl gone be mad where he invests his money lmao :P

  • what?why

    Jay Z is an opportunist, he's not hurting anyone. Leave him alone.

  • KcoolMuziq

    JAY-Z(whom Prince once gave his vast catalog exclusively to stream on his Tidal service) can do no wrong in my eyes and I will FOREVER support him.

    #TEAMJAY-Z

  • PrettyMeka08

    If you carry a cellphone, you’re being tracked by GPS.

  • hottlanta

    Like Beyoncé fake homecoming video on hbcu campus wearing her ivy park gear. She had 2 do another rollout campaign bcas her first campaign was with leroy cox n it didnt do so well. She decided 2 do it again about hbcus bcas she knows how we like 2 wear relaxed clothing so why not do it on a hbcu campus. Lets see how black she gonna be when those kids go to school.

  • Sid

    I actually prefer him investing in that instead of prisons and.jails

  • ClaireHuxtable

    For non-violent 1st time offenders? Where do I send my $100 investment?

  • ClaireHuxtable

    ...all day,every day.

  • ClaireHuxtable

    Enjoy & kick back, Jenie!

  • doriday

    The advertising on your phone's are base upon our daily activities.

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Chile been out here in this heat for last 2 days eating good bout to head to my parents shortly and smash some more food ....... Enjoy your weekend too bew <3 much love to you

  • 11pink123

    Absolutely. I already have.

  • Chicagowise

    We live in a capitalistic society. Bailing people out of jail is not a viable investment strategy. In some cases, bailing out alleged criminals is simply throwing good money after bad.

    The judicial system is a lucrative business that generates revenue by targeting people who cannot afford a vigorous legal defense. Typically, those people are minorities. Why shouldn't Jay Z, a minority, get his piece of that pie?

  • Lorenzo Chaps

    It's for the culture, right? Black folks stay wanting it one way, which is usually on the side of doing wtf we want.

    So parolees shouldn't be monitored? YOu're on parole and still have to report to sm1 until parole ends. What are we discussing? Prison is big business. I'm just mad I can't get in on the investing.

  • Lorenzo Chaps

    We have to accept that 9/10 prisoners are just on a time out. Why do I say this? Because while they're locked up, their behavior is typically still the same. You have to interact or engage them to know. Prison does not change or rehabilitate anyone. Again, these guys are just on a timeout from society. When they come back, they're back to who they were before they went in. Facts.

    If the one prisoner you know outgrew crime and bs, great. I'm referring to the rest who haven't.

  • Renee26

    I bet the criminals would rather be on the ankle monitor than behind bars ... So what's your point??

  • ALLMINE?

    I'm wicked too. Gnight

  • Witch

    It's like Cardi B investing in something that tracks sex workers now that she is no longer a sex worker but raps about selling her sex work but aye...

    Get money bish ?

  • Karen Brady

    ??. Been there. I heart you.

  • Karen Brady

    !!!!!

  • 11pink123

    Wicked meaning they mess with men and do real drugs like powder.

  • ALLMINE?

    Bro. That's them. I really don't care..

  • 11pink123

    well you said I would never turn them down and I just wanted to let you know I have and so has many others including Nip in the past. I’m not sure where or why he had a change of heart, but it might of cost him his life.

    So remember that if you ever meet any of them. RUN!

  • ALLMINE?

    Lol. I guess. Niggas are sooooo invested in celebrities its crazy

  • Zeta Aggie

    There are elite HBCU’s. Xavier and Spelman come to mind.

  • Witch

    Remember there were also black men who were slave owners of other black people and there were excuses made for that.
    It seems nothing has changed .

  • 11pink123

    Then why are you on here, if you aren’t?

    You act like No one would turn them down, which shows me your thinking process, meaning you are too weak to turn Them down.

    I love Nip so yes I’m invested. But please understand I would not blink an eye for any other artist.

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    There will always be criminals who do criminal stuff. And there will always be private businesses working with government to house, clothe, feed, or track these criminals and/or parolees. So if a black man is able to get a piece of that pie, I'm not mad at him. It's a multi-billion dollar industry. Go get your money, Jay-Z

  • Lisa Left Eye

    I don't understand what the issue is. Unfortunately there are only 2 paths once you're arrested, sit in jail until trial or bond out and go home until trial. If Jay's investment helps more people go home until trial that is a good thing

  • Goodii2Shoes

    With the way rocnation spies on people as a matter of economic espionage and assists cretin like Harvey Weinstein in stalking women to sexually abuse children, I think this is just another attempt to hide their sophisticated child sex abuse and racketeering.

    Probably every county that he wants this implemented in has a woman/child he has preyed upon as a resident or is a perfect target for his stalking and attempts to rob people of their intellectual property using similar technology he's now trying to pass off as an investment scheme.

  • Lisa Left Eye

    Do you think black men who get arrested would rather sit in county jail until trial or be released with an ankle monitor and be in the free world until trial?

  • Karen Brady

    !!!!

  • Navybeans95

    Life sentences should apply to violent crime and rapists...these bastards will never change. Jesus can't even help them....

  • Goodii2Shoes

    #Preach. Wicked. Strange. & if u are around them personally and ur not a fxcknxgga urself, u will want no parts of their fxckshxt.

  • Goodii2Shoes

    Who said jay-Z seeks minorities to invest in only when an easy buck is available to exploit and profit from them? He is robbing white investors hoping for a come up from his willingness to do what the jews/whites he associates with are willing to do IF their bs was left so easily unchecked because their victims think 'too highly' of them to believe they would commit such fraud on them/their community.

  • Witch

    His music raised these criminals.

  • ClaireHuxtable

    Tell Momma I said Heey! Kiss Daddy on the head 4 me. Bring me back some potato salad!

  • Trey

    This is spin...my understanding is that because these people cant make bail this software is used as a deterrence to not skip court, which they shouldnt do at all.

    Sounds like a nice compromise to broke people committing crime

  • 100milesperhour

    The irony. I'll rap to a hot beat about how I hustled & never got caught. But since you did get caught, I got a way to make $ off it while appearing like I care if you sit in jail until your court date.

  • blackpressradio

    ONCE AGAIN.... LEAVE IT TO SANDRA ROSE to mis-state something. Let us FIX THIS FOR YOU: The answer is THANK YOU. Thank you Roc Nation for believing in Black and Brown families who are often wrongly accused yet linger in JAIL trying to afford bail. Thank you for investing THREE MILLION into these - often innocent - people so they can work while awaiting trial. After all, if FELICITY HUFFMAN can be free on BAIL after paying HALF A MILLION to get her kids in school certainly some Black man who got arrested for hopping a train or something NONVIOLENT should be able to go about his business - and maybe earn enough for an attorney in the process. THANKS TO JAY Z's investment, now people who shouldn't have been in jail in the first place, can keep working while being MONITORED by Jay Z investing in PROMISE, which helps get people to court so they're not arrested for not showing up. NO WONDER FOLKS ARE MAD because this levels the playing field. P.S. You're welcome! Follow us on Instagram at BlackPress_Radio

  • 100milesperhour

    These aren't parolees, they've been charged w/a crime but not convicted. They haven't had a court date yet. They just can't afford bond. I thought that's what pretrial release was for.

  • Witch

    How about we stop making music influencing the masses to commit crimes. How about we invest in clean water for the families in Flint Michigan.

  • ALLMINE?

    Lol. It's a celebrity blog. I comment on stories.. all that conspiracy superstitious nigga shit I'm good on. Lol

  • Witch

    Ruthless

  • Witch

    I'm sure you wish you could get in on the slave trade going on in Middle East and own Black People too
    The delusional black male is a curse upon his people
    .

  • lovelygamour

    when jay-z first started with the jail situations I thought he was just trying to get some good press and to match some of the other rappers. then he kept doing things. then my thoughts turned to "oh he is about to try and sell us something". jayz is a rich bum. he doesnt do anything unless he can make his money back. he wouldnt even move kelif browder.

    for the record I agree with home confinement. thats how a lot of rich asian countries operator. its cheaper and fairer. then you have all the innocent people who get locked up on lies. this will help them keep their jobs.

  • OvertheMississippi

    How can I invest?? ??????????

  • Eileen

    What is the problem with this investment it is saving taxpayers money and it is a service that is needed. Dont do the crime if you dont want an ankle bracelet for the time.

  • more

    Where are all the prisoners Jay and Meek help release? All i see them doing is photo ops

  • PrettyMeka08

    Yup. It’s so freaking how they track.

  • Rent em Spoons ?????????

    People will learn that Hov is a opportunist first and foremost. This is the same man that freestyled and praised Nipsey for buying back the hood when he was apart of a development team that did gentrification in Brooklyn .

    And to date there has been no evidence or Jay-Z buying any property let alone investing in the hood.

    On a side note , there have been whispers and actually paperwork from the Newyork daily news of his partner and Vice President of Roc nation being an informant.

    Desiree Perez of Rock nation got caught moving bricks back in the day and New York Daily news said she was an informant against other dealers back in the day.

  • Rent em Spoons ?????????

    Gotta stop you there , Jay-Z music was reality and if you are familiar with reality , then you know it ain’t peaches and cream . Did Jay-Z do dirt in the past ? Sure , but I’d dare a person say that Trunp or Putin didn’t do dirt ?

    The moral of the story is that Jay-Z was reporting what he saw and he evolved and progressed from the streets in white tees to business meetings on Wall Street. It ain’t where you from or where you started that matters , it’s the direction you move in

  • Witch

    Who said anything about Don ... or Putin?

    Lol

  • Jethro

    So what's the problem?

  • 11pink123

    What part of this conversation has a conspiracy theory attached to it?

  • speakinmymind

    No evidence that YOU have seen. Did you research or since it wasn't posted on a blog then it didn't happen?!?

    "There have been whispers.. "
    "...[an 'associate', not Jay-Z] got caught moving bricks BACK IN THE DAY..."

    Nothing factual, no direct assertions supported by facts about Jay-Z...

    #niggashyt

  • speakinmymind

    Clickbait

  • speakinmymind

    You sound hideous! Sorry ass parents 'raised' these criminals.

  • Jacqueline Byrd

    I am not seeing how this is a problem because they didn't invent this it has been around forever. He is just doing what a business person does, he invest his own money. And it is tired to say he owes the black community or any particular person or group anything. He owes no one and no one owes him. Black people don't even care about black people so we going to get mad at someone who is profiting off of a business that incarcerates whites, hispanics and others as well. Blacks aren't the only ones on probation, parole or some other court ordered pre or post trial action.

  • T Willis

    ????????

  • T Willis

    Lol tell me what “research” I should put in the google search bar. If Jay was buying back the block or investing in black people, trust me when I tell you, WE WOULD HAVE HEARD ABOUT IT lol. Jay is not humble and he would have BEEN bragged on wax about what he’s done for black people. This man bragged about writing a check for New Orleans after Katrina, did a documentary about how he was bringing water to Africans, about how he “owned” the Brooklyn Nets (when in actuality it was a minority stake worth $500k), or when he defended Barney’s discriminating against two black kids. Why be vocal about all of the above, but hide under “humility” ? when it comes to buying back the block and helping the hood? Jay is a liar and a con artist first. Dude doesn’t do sh^t for anyone unless it sounds good on wax.

  • T Willis

    Criminality is just code for black people. This is ultimately their way of tracking the undesirables. They’ll find a way to keep incarcerating black peoples, and with jays help, now they'll have the technology to track them.

  • T Willis

    That’s an idealistic view of electronic monitoring. The government has other plans for this type of surveillance and trust me, it’s not to better the lives of black/brown felons. That’s the problem with black people, they stay taking yt ppl at face value. These mfers are playing CHESS, not checkers. 20-40 years ago, black people advocated for the current gentrification that’s happening in hoods across the country. Yt ppl fed black ppl this same bullsh*t: it will provide better housing, it will bring better jobs, and it will lower the poverty in urban areas. Years later we’re seeing the fallout of that “thank you”. Black ppl aren’t the recipients of those great luxury homes you see being built in the hood, are they? Those jobs that are being brought into urban communities, who are they employing? Are they for the former residents? Money *has* been brought to these urban communities, it’s just without the previous urban tenants.

    And I predict the same is true for this app. Just like gentrification, it sounds all good in theory, progressive, until the processes are set in motion and your people are left worse off than before. We have to start using guerrilla warfare tactics. Yt ppl are not to be trusted. We have to look beyond the instant gratification and look at how/where they stand to gain. We have to look at our history, and how all of the deals that we’ve made with them have backfired against us or made us more vulnerable to their attacks.

    For Jay this is just a quick stepping stone to billionaire status. For us, this could be a lifetime of voluntary electronic surveillance. I don’t think we can or should trust Jay-z. Dude has proven to be a narc of the most unscrupulous nature.

  • T Willis

    Lol you don’t really think Jay is more business savvy than those Wharton yt boys, do you? Jay is a con artist and almost every deal that he’s negotiated has gone bad. Look at his nightclubs, Roc Nation sports/music, and Tidal. None of Jays business dealings are successful, yet you think he’s smart enough to negotiate a deal where black ppl - criminals - are going to come out in a better position than the yt boys? Lol naw. Them yt boys know the business history of black bodies and the prison industrial complex. They know there’s billions to be made, just like they know a arrogant fool (Jay) when they see one. Jay is just a willing flunky that will allow his image to be used as the “face” of this company, just like he did for the Brooklyn Nets and Tidal, only to screw black ppl over for a couple of million and a little bit of clout bragging. That’s where this going to end.

  • T Willis

    It wouldn’t surprise me.

  • T Willis

    That reality spurred how many albums? How many millions? At what point can we hold Jay accountable for his actions in our modern day reality?

  • T Willis

    Lol savage.

  • T Willis

    I don’t trust electronic monitoring devices when overseen by a yt supremacist government. The fact that black and brown bodies are criminalize is because of the government. The fact that the sentencing laws disproportionately inflict higher penalties against black and brown bodies makes me distrustful of the government. And now, after all that we’ve seen, after all that they’ve inflicted on us, we’re suppose to trust their motives with electronic monitoring devices? Nope. I don’t trust it and I’m even more suspicious that Jay is involved in it. Anytime yt ppl want to shaft black ppl they get a negro to co-sign the bullshit.

  • chan chan

    Jay Z is an informant, 50 is an informant, and T.I is an informant as well. I agree with everything u said.

  • 100milesperhour

    This is a is self serving business. Has nothing to do w/aiding people who can't afford bail to get out. Profiting from incarceration. If people obeyed all laws & never got arrested, he'd make no $. This is dangerous territory affecting the poor, uneducated the most.

  • chan chan

    Finally someone on here with some sense!!!!!

  • T Willis

    Black peoples don’t know enough about business or technology to invest in a government sponsored form of surveillance. Especially when black people will be disproportionately monitored. Right now everyone thinks that the monitoring will only affect criminals or parolees, but in 10 years time, we’ll see that there was more to be gain by yts than the blacks. Not all money is good money, and Jay has done enough shady sh*t to make me distrustful of all of his business transactions. I don’t think black ppl are going to benefit from this. But only time will tell.

  • chan chan

    If everyone obeyed the law and never got arrested government would move the goal post. That mean very strict laws would be put into place that would damn near make most people criminals or disobey a law. Don’t think for one minute the American government would miss an opportunity to make money off of u. The American government literally bank on you breaking the law.

  • chan chan

    ? say that again! White people are not to be trusted period!!!!! I been reading some of these comments and I see why black ppl are still oppressed ? they trust rich folk and white folk.

  • T Willis

    Are you familiar with the history behind the 13th amendment? Did you see Ava’s Netflix documentary on it? The government will always find a way to criminalize black bodies, which is why there will always be money in the prison system. I fault Jay for being a willing conduit in the destruction and electronic surveillance of his people. Whether that willingness is guided by greed or sheer ignorance, I still blame him. I’m guessing, once this app is implemented, we won’t see a high percentage of black ppl benefiting from it. But by that point, Jay will have finally received the billionaire status he’s been crying about, and the government will have a stronger foothold on black ppl and their whereabouts.

  • the guest

    Ellis-Lampkins = Big Brother

    Electronic Monitoring is one thing.

    Expanding the EM ankle bracelet monitoring to tracking through software/smartphone under the guise of "progress reports" "court date reminder" is an invasion of privacy and actually an additional electronic sentencing. The service should court ordered, not an add on purchased by the EM company.

  • 100milesperhour

    I haven't seen the Netflix doc. He's a clout chasing wannabe w/no personality. People don't see it b/c he's laid back. And he's ruled by Satan...money over everything.

  • Witch

    Kim Kardashian wanna know the same thing . Lol.
    Dont care for the appropriator but she actually is doing more than them for prisoners that come from Jay and Mills upbringing.

  • Nathan Hastings

    Black folks get outraged over the wrong things. Get outraged when ya' baby daddy commit crimes to get arrested.

  • speakinmymind

    So because YOU haven't heard about it, then it didn't happen.???? Everything doesn't have to be publicized. Maybe that's why you don't have shit...cuz you'd have to let everybody and Jesus know what you have, what you've done for people, how much you paid, etc.

    Again, not a single fact just your thoughts, innuendo and conjecture about somebody you don't know, ain't in his circle or savvy enough to do what he's done for himself and his family.

    Again...#niggashyt

  • speakinmymind

    Then pack your shit and go where there's no white people. ??? hell, niggas can't be trusted either. PEOPLE can't be trusted. You are your own worst enemy with that antiquated thinking.

  • more

    It's disgusting to see people with so much power "pretend to be doing something". Props to Kim

  • Lisa Left Eye

    Ur dealing in hypotheticals of the future, which are unfortunately ubiquitous. Our government is corrupt and racist no doubt, and we have an obligation to act to minimize future damage. Mitigating consequences of the future have to be balanced with the travesties of the present. At the end of the day criticism has to be leveled with practicality. We're dealing with 2 problems here, one is the present day issue of mass disproportionate incarceration and criminalization of poverty and all of its many pathologies, from forcing ppl to plead out just to get out of county to ppls deteriorating mental and physical health due to abuse and neglect. The second problem is government sanctioned surveillance that has an immense propensity to be exploited in a way that will hurt black people. What I don't get about ppl like you is how you think its worthwhile to tear down a solution without offering an alternative? You go down the rabbit hole just for sport. Practicality is imperfect. You can criticize the gps monitoring , but in the mean time somebody's momma, daddy, brother, sister is getting their ass beat in county and literally losing their mind because the jail is withholding meds and they can't afford the 500 dollar bail. Whats the solution?

  • the guest

    he was apart of a development team that did gentrification in Brooklyn

    Exactly.

    Also, amazing how the black community just forgave and accepted Jay Z and Beyonce for selling their collection at Barney's after Barney's profiled and stalked black youth who purchased in earnest couture from the boutique.

  • MNjumpoffacliff

    Hideous happenings going on in Cleveland jail so great investment for the non violent 1st offenders. I'd prefer one over jail if I was in trubbuh.

  • Eileen

    Thank you!!! This saves the tax payers money the wrongly accused can work and seek legal help and yes I do want the government to keep track of undesirables and undesirables are anyone who commits a crime! Simply speaking your loved one could be next to be a victim of a senseless crime!

  • Eileen

    There are Black people I don't trust! Are your daughters safe and protected are your son's being recruited for gangs? The answer is yes and you know it. As far as gentrification is concerned look to your locally elected black officials that you vote for year after year and ask them what are you doing good to fight for our black community because every blacl official has a 411 and a 911 on What is about to go down in our community but they get a check cut and keep it moving whIle we cry about injustice!

  • Lady_Elle

    It is an investment...
    Sorry if you don't like it!
    If he doesn't do it... somebody will!
    Like it or not!
    ROI... return on investment is the determining factor.

  • chan chan

    I damn sure not trusting anyone trying to maintain their privilege. Don’t be a fool.

  • DroneRivers

    Sounds like a good thing to me. I'd rather be out with just an electronic monitor and get to be with my loved ones and enjoy my everyday life and go to work than languish in jail awaiting trial because I can't afford bail/bond. Sure the spying is not ideal, but it's better than rotting in jail.

    That's what happened to Kalief Browder. 3 years locked up on Rikers Island, 2 of them spent in solitary while waiting for a trial.

  • ReadingIsFundamental4Real

    I so enjoy my conspiracy theory roses. Highly entertaining.

  • ChikPea

    don't forget Snoop

  • Trey

    What does that have to do with dudes not being able to make bail???

  • Goodii2Shoes

    with so much bs going on, i almost forgot the failed 40/40 ventures. & too many from wharton ARE con artists.; sophisticated & maybe the con hasn't been revealed just yet but, it's a pattern. & seeing jay shuck&jive like them about "buzzwords" like 'sustainability' 'billions of dollars' & play like his con is 'saving taxpayers', 'making lives easier' is par for the con w/yt boys & mildly entertaining to watch the con atempt to be hidden in plain sight. (a standard caucasian strategy)

  • INDUSTRY GURU

    Well said!

  • Eileen

    I agree...

  • Eileen

    The gub-ba-ment can track me anytime they want bcause I have nothing to hide. It is only the criminals that should be concerned

  • CookieMobster

    I'm sorry but if you are on parole or probation you prolly need your every moved tracked. I bet that would cut down on repeat offenses and if not it would give them the tools to know where Quan and Man-man was when said criminal activity occurred. Also it may keep these fools from hanging out in the trap especially if its a known trap house because then they would be in violation.

  • Eileen

    It is still business! Get out of your feelings. If my son were profiled I would quietly get a lawyer and Sue Barneys! Does everything have to make headlines about black folks whining black folks you forgot the civil rights movement wasn't all about sitting next to Lila Brad and Lila Becky it was about money that white folks was losing so they got smart and let us in. As for me and my crew we shall sue sue sue!

  • Eileen

    I agree

  • Eileen

    Great idea isn't there a large muslim population there? I bet they fix it for them bombard your elected officials office meet the governor for lunch..

  • Eileen

    The white boys at Wharton are crooks jay-z is a crook next...

  • Eileen

    Holla!!! Like I said it's a business

  • Eileen

    So black folks should boycott criminal music better known as rap

  • Eileen

    Only the weather. ..

  • Eileen

    And Howard and North Carolina ATT

  • chan chan

    Yup!!! ?

  • YouWontSayItButIWill

    Don't do the crime if you don't want the time? Yo. What are you talking about? What about the masses of black people who haven't done anything and got the time? F innocence. Jails are a big money making business and individuals that are in jail...are majority minority. Have u see what's going on out here? We're not living in the 1970s anymore. Black people are getting locked up and shot and killed for absolutely nothing. It doesn't have anything to do with not doing the crime at this point. Smh...

  • YouWontSayItButIWill

    When one of your family members get locked up. Invest then......

  • sunni_daze

    And prevent them from committing another crime.

  • iWasteTime

    False outrage.

  • Banka

    Indeed!

  • Banka

    Props to Kim for what ..??

  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs

    Yousa BIG DUMMY if you think Americans have privacy.. Like BIG DUMMY https://media3.giphy.com/media/h8HmN0UcEKR0xWnv3R/giphy.gif

  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs

    Chile... MOST people with money and opportunities spend their money where they have the GREATEST return! NOBODY owes ANY of us ANYTHING! Tired of the whole black folks need to do for other black folks when the ALMIGHTY dollar controls the MAJORITY of people who have it to spend, so they will spend their money where they see fit! Im PRETTY sure Black owned businesses dont care WHO spends money at their establishment, they just care about meeting the bottomline???

  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs

    ???

  • Logan Roberts

    Let this grown man invest in whatever he sees fit. Shyt I wish I had enough money to invest myself ?

  • Nunya Business

    Sounds to me like the app is keeping tabs on people and allowing them to be out of jail while they await trial or a conclusion of their case and what the app seeks to eliminate is the person staying in jail due to not having the funds to post bail. With the app they can get out while they wait but the Courts have to have some sort of assurance that the people will show up. Since people are outraged they should give those who can't afford to post bail a choice of staying in jail or getting out and using the app to track them and see how many of them are still going to choose the app and get out of jail. I would imagine many would chose to get out. I would say I'm surprised at Sandra for using her platform to further the outrage but I'm not. It be your own people.

  • OvertheMississippi

    Highly unlikely because we were sort of raised right. So.......???????????????

  • Trace da Ace

    whatever.... (insert Kanye shrug..hell..insert two of them).......

  • T865!

    Ditto

  • Myopinion

    Sounds good to me...I don't see what the issue is. Many would rather not go to jail and wear a tracked device I'm sure.

  • Myopinion

    Like you say "they will continue to find ways of incarcerating black folks" so since we know this isn't going to stop at least there is another way to stay out of jail on petty offenses. Majority of our people who are in jail deserve to be there.. I'm not saying innocent people aren't being arrested but don't act like the MAJORITY of our people are being arrested unjustly.

  • YouWontSayItButIWill

    And other people weren't raised right? What are you saying? Not all people in jail are guilty.

  • goat

    Don't believe you, you need more people.

  • Applebootay

    Its irresponsible reporting like this that is the REAL INJUSTICE....so you want us to believe that Nipsey somehow is a better "philanthropist" than Jayz when Jay has 100x more coins. You want folks to hate Jayz for no good reason. Instead of having an ankle bracelet on (which is demoralizing) he found a way to track them electronically while they can keep their dignity. FAKE NEWS ...

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    I don't know why it's so difficult for people to understand that he only wants them released so he can make money off of them. Did you even click the link to see the faces behind the company? Do you seriously think they care about Black detainees?

  • Applebootay

    I think Jayz does.

  • Goodii2Shoes

    Jayz from marcy, he has been a crook just like the Wharton whites....

  • Goodii2Shoes

    smh, I want to post a screenshot of the warning of spying/malicious software trying to steal your passwords etc anytime I try to review (for legal reasons) certain links they post online promoting their crappy designs/whatever crap they were able to sell a license to some idiot buyer. But this is decades of fraud, spying and thefts/egregious misconduct. the screenshot won't load and Like I said before, Robert Kelly story has nothing on the carters when it comes to illiterate n'gga sh't and child sex assaults. I think Robert at least got off with sex 'abuse' not assault because his 'victims' willingly participated (or however they worded it; he screwed a child & her parents allowed it because she 'consented'. However, the carters flat out rape, kill or stalk unwilling participants and I recall listening to gay-z rapping about his escapades...like Robert.

    So surprise is totally unnecessary.)

  • Goodii2Shoes

    check my disqus page, for a response

  • Goodii2Shoes

    I'm currently being blocked from posting my comment. U may be able to see it on disqus

  • SunSoy

    American Blacks both men and women make up the population of prisons. Plus Black Americans are horrible at business. Do not go into business with Black Americans.

  • SunSoy

    No Regular Black people allowed. Only White men and women on board.

  • SunSoy

    The start- up company consists of white men and women. Black Americans are not business minded. That does not even the playing field. American Blacks suck at Business. Don't hire Blacks.

  • SunSoy

    Move to a diverse neighborhood idiot! Stop complaining! I don't trust you . You lack common sense! Please stop with the "Our Community" nonsense. There is no such thing as the Black Community the community is where you live it has nothing to do with race. Grab a passport get out of your so-called "Our Community" and educate yourself!

  • SunSoy

    Don't hire American Blacks ni@@a! They horrible business people!

  • SunSoy

    Get off your lazy behind and start contacting record labels. Express your opinions to them. You are responsible for your own behavior don't blame anyone else. Is that too much work for you? Talking loud and doing nothing!

  • SunSoy

    Sorry Ass Black Americans!

  • SunSoy

    Don't hire American Blacks when it comes to business!

  • SunSoy

    No Regular Blacks folks allowed. American Blacks are horrible at running a business. Make money off of American Blacks don't go into business with them.

  • SunSoy

    Don't hire American Blacks!

  • Blackisgodok

    Shiiiiid can I invest. Niggas gonna eat chicken and go to jail. Bout like white folks gonna get high.

  • more

    Turn on the news hun

  • Trentaye

    Why are the majority of black people always apologists for inmates, ex-cons and criminals? You never see any other race defend the lowest rung of criminals in their respective races. However, black LGBTQ people are considered the Bane of and Scourge on the ENTIRE black race. While the Super Predators are deified as heroes. #N_ggahReasoning

  • Ryan Edward Burns

    OK Sandra Rose I had to do some digging to find your terrible website. Here is facts:

    1) You making this argument literally doesn't help anyone or anything, just you and your clicks.

    2) The app literally is an app, Promise doesn't make or produce any hardware. If you understood the difference between hardware and software maybe you would not sound so uninformed. The app doesn't even track your location, it just improves upon THE ALREADY INSTALLED GPS UNIT IN YOUR PHONE. Literally every phone has a GPS unit.

    3) The founder of Promise is DEEPLY connected with the struggles of her community and is trying to improve their lives. Have you looked up her history and understood what life she sacrificed so she could make this product that would solve a HUGE problem? Or did you just see Jay Z's name and decide I need to get some clicks?

    4) If you don't support Promise, are you supporting the idea that 2.3 million African Americans should be incarcerated each year? Are you that stupid? I don't think you are, I think you are using your words in the most dreadful way ever. It is very similar to what older, wealthy, Republicans do all the time. No solution, just complain.

    What happens when you get pulled over and they find weed in the car? Has this ever happened to you? Well here is what happens: You are probably taken in handcuffs back to the precinct, you are processed and now "in the system", then to county where really terrible shit goes down, then hopefully you see a judge, and then your case is probably dismissed. This happens with about 9/10 marijuana possession arrests. The case is almost always dismissed.

    The problem is that this process usually can take 3-5 weeks at a minimum. There is a huge backlog of cases in almost every Superior Court in California. And guess what happens in that time, you lose your job, you miss class, your car payments are behind, your child support payment doesn't get paid. Your life is basically screwed.

    The point is that there is a ripple effect from being locked up, even for just one day. Promise gives another route, a route where you "promise" to do certain tasks so that when you see the judge in a month, so the judge can say. Wow you passed all your drug tests, you didn't call out of work, you made your child support payments. Great Job, case dismissed!

    If you don't see the value in that, then who are you even supporting? What are you standing for? Oh and just for the record, a Superior Court Judge in California is responsible for who gets ankle monitoring and who doesn't. LEARN BEFORE YOU WRITE

    SIT DOWN BE HUMBLE

  • Mints

    Most people form opinions just off of the headline
    but it makes sense to me. I would support it