Z Pens Op-Ed on Meek Mill and the Criminal Justice System

Rapper Meek Mill center accompanied by his defense attorney Brian Mcmonagle arrives at the criminal justice center in Philadelphia Monday Nov. 6 2017. A Philadelphia judge has sentenced rapper Mill to two to four years in state prison for violating

After being sent away to prison for violating his probation stemming from a 2008 gun and drugs charge, Meek Mill will return to court November 27 at 9 a.m. for his bail hearing in front of Common Pleas Judge Genece Brinkley, Billboard reports.

The rapper and head of Meek's management company, Roc Nation, penned an op-ed in The New York Times to defend his artist and critique the prison system for how it handles probation.

Jay-Z stopped a concert in Dallas last week to criticize Mill's sentencing and the criminal justice system, The Rolling Stone reported.

But Jay-Z's op-ed links the case to the systemic mass incarceration of African Americans and other people of color in the US.

"The Story of O.J" rapper continues, "I saw this up close when I was growing up in Brooklyn during the 1970s and 1980s". According to sources, the decision stemmed from two arrests early this year in which charges were dropped.

Lawyers for Mill, 30, filed a Wednesday appeal to get his probation terminated, allowing the platinum-selling hip-hop star to get out of prison.

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"Instead of a second chance, probation ends up being a land mine, with a random misstep bringing consequences greater than the crime", he said.

Since Meek Mill's imprisonment, the judge has been put under FBI investigation and is off the trial due to protest for the "Amen" rapper.

"But it's time we highlight the random ways people trapped in the criminal justice system are punished every day", he writes. "A person on probation can end up in jail over a technical violation like missing a curfew". "For about a decade, he's been stalked by a system that considers the slightest infraction a justification for locking him back inside", Jay writes.

About half of the people in city jails in Philadelphia are there for probation or parole violations. "And that's what we need to fight for in Philadelphia and across the country. Black people are sent to prison for probation and parole violations at much higher rates than white people".

He sees it as a bigger issue than just Mill's sentence.


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