Jay-Z isn't done talking about Meek
Meek Mill heading back to prison for violating the terms of his probation has prompted a nationwide reevaluation of the probation system and the way it traps people into serving multiple sentences.
Jay-Z has vocally supported Meek from the second that the news broke, and now he’s gone even further with an op-ed in the New York Times that calls the entire system out for stalking black men to send them back to prison.
The star wrote:
“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.”
Of course, the infractions in Meek’s case really were slight. Two cases that were dropped or dismissed by judges in light of video evidence and an agreement to undergo education are what ultimately sent the rapper back to prison. The judge ruled that Meek would have to return in spite of the recommendations of the prosecutor and Meek’s own probation officer.
While Jay was fired up about Meek’s case in particular, he says that the case got him to thinking about the ways in which millions of Americans are punished for crimes they’ve already served time over. He wrote:
“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. 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 then pointed toward the Philadelphia-based organization Color Of Change as a non-profit that is looking to end the vicious cycle of repeat imprisonment.
“Probation is a trap and we must fight for Meek and everyone else unjustly sent to prison,” Jay concluded.
The op-ed was a longer version of statements Jay has made on Facebook and on stage. During a recent tour stop in Dallas, he stopped the show to tell the crowd about Meek’s case.
“If you give me two seconds… I’ve got to say something about a young man by the name of Meek Mill,” Jay said. “He caught a charge when he was, like, 19. He’s 30 now; he’s been on probation for 11 years. F–king 11 years. Judge gave him two-to-four years because he got arrested for being on a bike and popping a f–king wheelie.”
If Jay’s words weren’t enough to get you ready to act, try the fact that the judge who sentenced Meek might be under investigation by the FBI on for size.
“The feds have an interest in the judge and [her] potential relationships. This is an investigation looking into a possible extortionate demand. Undercover agents have been in the courtroom monitoring the Meek proceedings since April 2016,” a source revealed to Page Six.
The story didn’t say whether that’s linked to the rumor going around that claims she asked Meek to shout her out in a song.
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