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Downtown Roads Closed As Thousands Expected To Attend Imagine Justice Concert

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Actor/musician Common poses at the 2017 ABFF Awards: A Celebration of Hollywood at the Beverly Hilton on Friday, Feb. 17, 2017, in Beverly Hills, Calif.

Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP

Grammy Award-winning rap artist Common is putting on a free concert in Sacramento Monday night to raise awareness of criminal justice issues. It'll be held on the Capitol Mall and it'll affect downtown traffic.

The Imagine Justice Concert at the Capitol will feature Common, J. Cole, and other artists and speakers.

Organizers want to build support for several criminal justice reform bills being considered in the California legislature.

One measure would lessen the use of bail, which some say is unfairly leaving poor people stuck in jail.

The City of Sacramento is expecting 25,000 visitors to attend the ticketed event.

Officials are encouraging downtown workers and concert goers to plan ahead for parking constraints and street closures around the Capitol Mall.

The following closures will be in effect through Tuesday morning:

  • Capitol Mall between 8th and 9th Streets will be closed from 4 a.m. on Sunday. to 6 a.m. on Tuesday.
  • 9th Street between N and L Streets will be closed from 4 a.m. on Sunday to 6:30 a.m. on Monday; closed again from 9:30 a.m. Monday to 6 a.m. on Tuesday
  • Capitol Mall between 5th and 8th Street will be closed from 9:30 a.m. on Monday to 6 a.m. on Tuesday
  • 6th Street between L Street and Capitol Mall will be closed from 9:30 a.m. on Monday to 6 a.m. on Tues, August 22
  • 7th Street between L and N Streets closed from 9:30 a.m. on Monday to 6 a.m. on Tuesday
  • 8th Street between L and N Streets closed from 9:30 a.m. on Monday to 6 a.m. on Tuesday
  • 10th Street between L and N Streets closed from 2 p.m. on Monday to 6 a.m. on Tuesday

Organizers say the event sold out and they cannot guarantee admission to people who did not pre-register.

Common said he will live stream the event on his YouTube channel.

The concert runs from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.

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