Jay-Z Pens ‘The New York Times’ Op-Ed on Meek Mill’s Unjust Prison Sentence
Meek Mill is currently serving his two-to-four-year prison sentence, but fans, loved ones and his legal team are all fighting for his freedom on the outside. Now, Jay-Z is writing a special op-ed in The New York Times to shed light on his case, as well as the treatment of black men on probation and parole by the justice system.
The op-ed is brief, but it dives directly into the details of the Philadelphia rapper's unjustly sentencing, and how it is another example of the criminal justice system mistreating black people.
"What’s happening to Meek Mill is just one example of how our criminal justice system entraps and harasses hundreds of thousands of black people every day," Jay writes. "I saw this up close when I was growing up in Brooklyn during the 1970s and 1980s. Instead of a second chance, probation ends up being a land mine, with a random misstep bringing consequences greater than the crime. A person on probation can end up in jail over a technical violation like missing a curfew."
As he continues, the 4:44 veteran brings up the argument that Meek being behind bars will cost the taxpayers tons of money, even though he believes no one would say that him being locked up keeps them safer.
"Taxpayers in Philadelphia, Meek Mill’s hometown, will have to spend tens of thousands of dollars each year to keep him locked up, and I bet none of them would tell you his imprisonment is helping to keep them safer," he continues. "He’s there because of arrests for a parole violation, and because a judge overruled recommendations by a prosecutor and his probation officer that he doesn’t deserve more jail time. That’s why I stopped my show in Dallas last week to talk about Meek."
Hov also goes on to admit that Meek's case is inspiring him to address what's happening to other black people who are being locked up for violating probation and parole. He even provides statistics and stresses how unfair it is that one minor infraction can send them back to prison for a lengthy period.
"The specifics of Meek’s case inspired me to write this," he explains. "But it’s time we highlight the random ways people trapped in the criminal justice system are punished every day. The system treats them as a danger to society, consistently monitors and follows them for any minor infraction — with the goal of putting them back in prison."
If you recall, Jay-Z has been speaking out about Meek Mill's imprisonment over the past week, as he not only wrote a reaction statement on the sentencing, but he also ranted about it at his recent concert in Dallas, Texas.
Read the full op-ed from Jay-Z here.
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