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Carmelo Anthony Visits Rikers: Calls For Reform

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Carmelo Anthony turns documentary filmmaker in a new special for Vice Sports.

The basketball star went inside infamous Rikers Prison in New York, to interact with inmates and to learn the living conditions and treatment of the prisoners.

‘The dormitory was mind-boggling. It was like a big sleepover. I think they said it’s 32 people in there. It’s no division. So you’re sitting in there, you’re eating in front of everybody, you’re changing your clothes in front of everybody. That s–t is sad,’ he explained in the video.

The NBA player is calling for reform, saying that prison should offer more than just confinement.

‘I know it’s a prison, but prison should be more of a rehab,” he added. “I know people, family members, close friends, that are in there that just came home. And you can see — some of them do better when they come home, some of them are worse off,’ the New York Knicks forward lamented.

Having grown up in the projects in Red Hook, Brooklyn, the trip to the prison was personal for Anthony. It’s one of his many charitable efforts, including restoring basketball courts in Coney Island and the Bronx.

It’s so powerful to see ball players using their platform for good.

Check out the video below:

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In more NBA philanthropic news, Russell Westbrook of the Oklahoma City Thunder, was seen serving Thanksgiving Dinner to the Boys & Girls Club:

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