Local TV station Brooklyn 12 News interviewed Next100 policy entrepreneur Zaki Smith about his upbringing in New York, how he has worked to address barriers that formerly incarcerated people face, and what he plans to do as part of Next100.
“Smith will focus on criminal justice reform, knowing first-hand about the issue after he says he lost his job working in a school because of a past criminal record. “I can’t apply for any job just because, because of my criminal record history. I can be denied specifically for that going for an apartment just because of my criminal history. I can be denied an apartment. I’m like, ‘wait a minute, I don’t remember being sentenced to this in court,’” says Smith.”