Published 1:26 p.m. ET Nov. 17, 2017 | Updated 1:26 p.m. ET Nov. 17, 2017
Rapper Meek Mill has been sentenced to jail for no less than two years for violating probation
Jay-Z is absolutely in help of #FreeMeek.(Photo: Mark J. Terrill, AP)
Jay-Z is constant to talk out in help of fellow rapper Meek Mill, who was sentenced to 2 to 4 years in jail on probation violations by a Philadelphia choose earlier this month.
In a brand new op-ed for the New York Times, Jay-Z slams the choose’s determination as unfair. “What’s happening to Meek Mill is just one example of how our criminal justice system entraps and harbades hundreds of thousands of black people every day,” he writes, mentioning that Mill “has been on probation for basically his entire adult life.”
Common Pleas Judge Genece Brinkley cited a failed drug take a look at, failure to adjust to a court docket order proscribing his journey and two different unrelated arrests for Mill’s sentencing, saying the rapper wasted a number of possibilities to wash up his act following a 2009 gun and drug case, even after a prosecutor advisable that Mill not be imprisoned for the violations.
“Instead of a second chance, probation ends up being a land mine,” Jay-Z argues, “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.”
Friday’s op-ed is one in all a number of social justice-minded essays Jay-Z has written or voiced over the previous a number of years. The rapper has additionally signed on to supply various movie and TV initiatives badociated to prison justice reform, together with March’s Time: The Kalief Browder Story and a forthcoming docuseries and film about Trayvon Martin.
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Jay-Z, presently on tour for his four:44 album, stopped his Dallas present on Nov. 7 to talk to the group about Mill’s sentencing.
“If you give me two seconds … I’ve got to say something about a young man by the name of Meek Mill,” he mentioned, per Spin‘s report. “He caught a charge when he was, like, 19. He’s 30 now; he’s been on probation for 11 years. (Expletive) 11 years. Judge gave him two to four years because he got arrested for being on a bike and popping a (expletive) wheelie.”
As Jay-Z talked about in his essay, a whole bunch of individuals attended a #FreeMeek rally in Philadelphia on Monday, together with fellow rapper Rick Ross.
“The specifics of Meek’s case inspired me to write this,” Jay-Z says within the op-ed. “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.”
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