Carmelo makes the most of his down time during his days off during the NBA season. One of the cool platforms he runs is "Stay Melo" with Vice Media, during which Melo touches on different things that are going on around him. Having grown up between Baltimore and NYC, Melo has seen the good and bad side of things. This series gives you a taste of both worlds.
In the fourth episode of Stay Melo, Carmelo visits New York City's notorious Rikers Island jail complex to tour the facility and meet with a group of young prisoners
You could tell from the beginning that this was a very intense and emotional event for Carmelo. This wasn't forced and it meant a lot to him.
" I grew up in the projects in Red Hook, Brooklyn and in Baltimore. You can't grow up there without seeing many people close to you unfortunately end up in prison," said Melo.
After going to Rikers, Carmelo said there were two things that needed to change immediately. "We need to do a better job making sure non-violent offenders don't end up in the same prison situation as highly violent repeat criminals. And we need to make sure that incarceration leads to rehabilitation."