JAY-Z Defends Meek Mill In the New York Times Op-Ed
"What is happening to Meek Mill is just one example of how our criminal justice system traps and harasses hundreds of thousands of black people every day".
JAY-Z, who has been incredibly vocal about Meek Mill's recent jail sentence as a result of the repeated violations of probation, wrote an opinion piece for the New York Times, published on Friday (17 November) — call of the reformation, and the movement of probation as a "trap."
"We must fight for the Meek and all the others unjustly to jail," he says. "What is happening to Meek Mill is just one example of how our criminal justice system traps 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.
"In place of a second chance, the probation ends up being a mine, with a random sample of stumbling blocks to bring greater consequences than the crime", he continues.
Hov has a history of using his fame to voice distaste in this sense. Back in 2014, he and Russell Simmons met with New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to advocate for major reforms in the criminal justice system. He also helped to produce this year's docu-series Time: The Kalief Browder Story. Kalief was accused of stealing a backpack and, finally, spent three years in solitary confinement in Rikers [Island] prior to his suicide.
"The details of the Meek of the case inspired me to write this," JAY writes. "But it is time to highlight the random people caught in the criminal justice system punished every day," Jay writes. "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 jail."
You can read the op-ed, The Criminal Justice System Stems Black As Meek Mill, here.