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As Pigeons & Planes reports, Pusha T performed a special set at Calipatria State Prison yesterday. The show was a part of a new California-only tour known as “#SchoolsNotPrisons,” which also found Pusha T sitting down with Calipatria’s warden for a conversation. Pusha T’s “#SchoolsNotPrisons” performance went down in the heart of the prison yard, where inmates and members of the prison’s staff served as his audience. In an official statement, Pusha T shares:
“Putting an end to mass incarceration is important to me. It’s something I’ve watched destroy a generation of my peers…I was able to go to Calipatria and see there was still inspiration and hope in the inmates, that was motivation for me to keep fighting for this cause.” The tour is a call to action to reduce spending on incarceration, in hopes that the money can be used for education, health, and prevention. The press release for the tour states that California spends more than $11 billion a year incarcerating over 128,000 people.