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The Country Music Association’s latest New Artist of the Year award winner, Jelly Roll, is going to be singing for inmates in the Genesee County Jail. After being contacted by the county’s sheriff, Jelly Roll will be performing a concert for those incarcerated in the jail. It is part of a program the county has rolled out to help their inmates, in hopes of giving them a better future once released.
The program Jelly Roll will be participating in is IGNITE, “Inmate Growth Naturally and Intentionally Through Education.” The mission of this program is to help curb “generational incarceration.” IGNITE helps inmates with education so they are better prepared to find and keep jobs after being released from jail. It helps to enable them to have the job skills needed to become working citizens.
Genesee County is located in lower Michigan. The city of Flint is the county seat. It is also the location of the Genesee County Jail. Jelly Roll will be performing for no more than 580 inmates, seeing that is the maximum number of prisoners the jail can currently hold. Of course, it is highly probable the staff of the jail will also be attending the concert.
This gig is perfect for Jelly Roll. He found himself in jail as well. While incarcerated, he earned his GED. After being released from jail, he became quite vocal about the importance of rehabilitation for former inmates.
Jelly Roll Is The “After Picture”
According to Genesee County Sheriff Chris Swanson, Jelly Roll is the man for this concert. “He is the after picture. He was those guys. He’s now the after picture.”
Jelly Roll, whose birth name is Jason DeFord, has been more than forthcoming and upfront about his checkered past, specifically the time he spent in jail. Because of his past, the “Need A Favor” singer is more than willing to lend a helping hand to current inmates. It appears he is now doing the Genesee County Jail and its inmates a favor by performing there.
Jelly Roll got up on that stage and PREACHED so I had to put some organ behind him. pic.twitter.com/1sVKqeW4JG
— Kevín (@KevOnStage) November 9, 2023
Genesee County Concert Date
Christmas is coming early in Flint, Michigan. The “Save Me” singer will be performing at the Genesee County Jail just before Christmas. The concert for the inmates is scheduled for December 5th.
Tell us what you think. What do you think of the IGNITE program? Is education and helping inmates develop job skills a way to stop generational incarceration? Is Jelly Roll the right singer for such a concert? How do you feel about him taking a stance on the rehabilitation of inmates? Do you think he is helping inmates by being so outspoken about his past? Feel free to sound off in the comments below all your thoughts and feelings about Jelly Roll and his upcoming concert.