Jay-Z Pens Op-Ed In The New York Times In Support Of Meek Mill
(AllHipHop News) Rap star Jay-Z continues to speak out against Meek Mill's 2 to 4 year prison sentence.
Jay-Z was among early supporters of Meek, who was sentenced to prison by Judge Genece Brinkley, for a series of minor infractions, while he was serving probation for a 2008 drug and gun case. Now, the Roc Nation CEO is expounding on his statements in a full op-ed in the New York Times.
"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," Jay-Z said in the article.
"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," Jay-Z stated. "That’s why I stopped my show in Dallas last week to talk about Meek."
Many people questioned the motive for Judge Brinkley's sentence since Meek's probation officers and the prosecutor had advised against prison time.
Meek's lawyers claim judge Brinkley wanted Meek to be managed by local legend, Charlie Mack, even though Meek was signed to Roc Nation.
The judge also asked Meek Mill to re-record a Boyz II Men song and give her a shout shout-out
"The specifics of Meek’s case inspired me to write this. But it’s time we highlight the random ways people trapped in the criminal justice system are punished every day," Jay-Z wrote . "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."
Jay-Z has been a vocal critic of the prison system, through his documentary series "Timeless: The Kalief Browder Story."
Kalief was sent to Rikers Island as a 16-year-old for three years because he could not make bail over the alleged theft of a book bag, which he always denied taking.
Kalief was eventually released without being charged with any crime, but he took his own life due to the experiences he experienced in the notorious prison.
"Probation is a trap and we must fight for Meek and everyone else unjustly sent to prison," Jay-Z said.
Check out Jay-Z's op-ed in support of Meek Mill over at the New York Times.