Charles Koch Institute
How did a 25 year-old music producer become the national face for criminal justice reform in the U.S.? Weldon Angelos is the founder of Extravagant Records, a Utah-based record label that worked with Snoop Dogg and Jay Z. In 2002, he was caught selling less than $1,000 worth of marijuana and charged with the most severe mandatory sentence the law allowed: 55 years in prison. In 2016, Weldon was released from prison thanks to the mercy of his prosecutor who had a change of heart. In this event, Weldon will speak directly to the music community about his experience in prison serving an unjust sentence, and describe how artists can work together to achieve lasting reform.