JT Launches 'No Bars Reform' for Formerly Incarcerated Women Three Years After Her Own Release from Prison

The City Girls member spent nearly two years behind bars on credit card fraud charges.

Following the release of her latest single, "No Bars," rapper JT has announced her empowering initiative focused on supporting formerly incarcerated women.

According to its official website, the No Bars Reform initiative is dedicated to offering a comprehensive range of resources to women who have been previously incarcerated. These resources encompass vital areas such as employment, housing, therapy and assistance with substance abuse. There are even opportunities for individuals to actively support and foster communities to help other women.

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“After spending almost two years in a Florida prison before being released in 2020, JT has vowed to use her voice and platform to help other incarcerated women rehabilitate into society by assisting with resources such as therapy, job placement, social services, and housing,” a statement on the site reads.

According to The Sentencing Project, the “number of incarcerated women increased by more than 525%, rising from a total of 26,326 in 1980 to 168,449 in 2021.” It also noted that while the COVID-19 pandemic triggered a significant downsizing in women being incarcerated, the trend “reversed with a 10% increase in 2021.”

In 2018, the “Act Bad” rapper, born Jatavia Johnson, turned herself in on identity theft and credit card fraud charges. She completed a nearly two-year stint in a Florida federal prison. She was released in March of 2020 and premiered her “JT First Day Out” freestyle in celebration of her release.

During an appearance on the “Abolition X” podcast, the Miami native spoke candidly about her time behind bars and how it changed her.

“Prison, it gave me the sense of, like, edge that I got. But it did put a lot of fear in me, too,” she told hosts Vic Mensa, Indigo Mateo and Richie Reseda. “It put a lot of anxiety in me. It changed me… completely. I used to be so outspoken. I didn’t give a f**k what I said.”

Despite her circumstance, JT went on to share that she found “a sense of sisterhood in prison.”

“I met so many girls who made me feel welcome, who made me feel at home,” she continued. “I made great friends in prison, to the point that some days I didn’t feel like I was in prison.”

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