John Legend Is Backing Startups from Former Inmates, Including 3 from D.C. He Tells Us Why.

Grammy award-winning artist John Legend and venture philanthropy fund New Profit have teamed up to support eight formerly incarcerated entrepreneurs from across the country — and three are growing their businesses in Washington. The 20-year-old Boston-based nonprofit, which supports social entrepreneurs with access to capital and leadership, has launched the Unlocked Futures accelerator, a program to help returning citizens from prisonbuild their organizations.