As we have mentioned before, the incarcerated population of the United States has grown out of control. We alerted readers to the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act as well as the SAFE Justice Act before, but Hollywood has finally noticed. With the star power behind them, Justice Reform Now is pushing to cut the total US prison population in half with their #cut50 movement.
These are the 10 most powerful voices in comedy that have thrown their voices behind the criminal justice reform movement.
1. Judd Apatow. Starting as a stand-up compic, Apatow has become the ultimate producer of comedy hits. The guy behind Anchorman, The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Step Brothers, and more, the criminal justice reform movement couldn't have found a more-heard voice than his.
2. Russell Brand. Having got his start across the Atlantic in the UK, Brand's brand of comedy got him a staring roles in movies like Get Him to the Greek and Arthur as well as a famous voice-over role as Dr. Nefario from the Despicable Me series.
3. Cedric the Entertainer. One of the original King's of Comedy, Cedric the Entertainer has gone from hosting It's Showtime at the Apollo to being lead comedian at the White House Correspondents Dinner. While he has had a role in a number of comedic hits over the years, he has put a great deal of personal effort into his charity work as of late.
4. Margaret Cho. One of the first voices for the LGBT movement to hit the mainstream, Cho is no stranger to tough fights. Having been recognized by many as an influential political voice, her support was important in communities far beyond her San Francisco base.
5. Arsenio Hall. The last voice Americans of an entire generation heard before going to bed, Arsenio Hall is one of the most influential people that could ever get behind any movement. The fact he is using his voice to support criminal justice reform is a big boost, one that could even sway a decision-maker or two in DC.
6. DL Hughley. The original host of BET's ComicView, DL Hughley has the pedigree and reputation to really get people to listen to him. It is no wonder CNN gave him a show and continues to use him as a contributor on topics that go beyond Hollywood.
7. George Lopez. Arguably one of the main comics for helping Mexican-American culture go mainstream, Lopez has done a lot of award-winning work within the Latino community. It is only good news to hear he is bringing his influence to an issue that affects everyone, even if it hits Latinos harder than almost all others.
8. Russell Peters. Peters' jokes about racial stereotypes and the issues they cause has made him one of comedy's highest-paid performers. He has the popularity required to really make an impact.
9. Joe Rogan. While many may know about Joe Rogan from his work with the UFC, he gained a great deal of praise from the comic scene when he called out Carlos Mencia for stealing jokes. Starting his career as a standup-comic himself, he knows how important it is to be rewarded for your own hard work.
10. Amy Schumer. One of comedy's hottest stars at the moment, she was named one of Time magainze's 100 most influential people in 2015. Her ability to discuss social issues - such as criminal justice reform - during her sets has also made her one of the most talked about comics as well.