Jay-Z Pens Editorial About Meek Mill
Jay-Z addresses Meek Mill’s harsh sentence in an open letter for The New York Times.
After Judge Genece Brinkley sentenced Meek Mill to 2 to 4 years in prison for violating his probation – many were outraged, and believed that Meek was being treated unfairly. One of the first people to come to Meek’s defense was Jay-Z, who called Brinkley’s decision “unjust and heavy handed.”
Hov posted the following message on Facebook, “The sentence handed down by the Judge — against the recommendation of the Assistant District Attorney and Probation Officer — is unjust and heavy handed. We will always stand by and support Meek Mill, both as he attempts to right this wrongful sentence and then in returning to his musical career.”
In a new editorial for The New York Times, Jay says the court system is criminal unjust and has failed Meek, “On the surface, this may look like the story of yet another criminal rapper who didn’t smarten up and is back where he started. But consider this: Meek was around 19 when he was convicted on charges relating to drug and gun possession, and he served an eight-month sentence.”
“Now he’s 30, so he has been on probation for basically his entire adult life. For about a decade, he’s been stalked by a system that considers the slightest infraction a justification for locking him back inside.”
“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. 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.”
Jay-Z went on to praise Color Of Change, an organization that specializes in helping those on parole or probation.
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Read the full Op-Ed here.