* Thanks to Common, a prison outside of Chicago, Illinois now has a recording studio, reports CBS 2.
Common reportedly offered inmates at the Statesville Correctional Center a studio complete with mixers, musical instruments, microphones and sound panels. The stated objective is to create an environment of productivity for incarcerated persons while they are serving their respective sentences.
“The gentlemen who are incarcerated deserve to have access to better things in life, that’s why I’m fighting for my city, ”Common said. “And that’s why my heart is always with Chicago. Being from Chicago is one of the greatest gifts and assets for me in my career and my life. “
The donation was reportedly sparked by a conversation between Common and Ari Williams, a young lawyer with a vision for inmates who reached out.
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The studio is just the start. Common’s Imagine Justice nonprofit will host a 12-week inmate program at Statesville Correctional Center that will trigger the production, creation and recording of music.
Alyssa Williams of the Illinois Department of Corrections believes participation will become a catalyst for reduced sentences.
“Every day they are in this program [inmates] earn a day’s credit on their sentence, as long as the law allows, ”she explained, adding that the course ultimately gives those in prison optimistic reflections on their lives and futures.
“It gives them so much hope and inspiration for them, ”she said. “That they know that people really care about them can change them too. “