Jay Z writes op-ed on Meek Mill: The criminal justice system targets black people
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Jay-Z penned a Friday op-ed about the sentencing of rapper Meek Mill for The New York Times, saying the criminal justice system “entraps and harasses hundreds of thousands of black people every day.”

The multiplatinum rapper blasted a judge’s decision to sentence Mill to two to four years in prison for violating his probation over drug charges that the 30-year-old man was convicted for when he was 19.

“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 wrote


“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,” he wrote.

The FBI is reportedly investigating Judge Genece Brinkley, who allegedly suggested that Mill change his management, over the case. 

“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 told The New York Post.

Jay-Z wrote that while Mill’s case pushed him to write the piece, “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,” he wrote.

The rapper cited the disproportionate rates that black Americans are placed on probation or jailed for violating the terms of their probation, noting that a third of the nearly 5 million Americans on parole or probation are black.

“Probation is a trap and we must fight for Meek and everyone else unjustly sent to prison,” he wrote.

Jay-Z stopped a concert in Dallas last week to criticize Mill's sentencing and the criminal justice system, The Rolling Stone reported. The hip-hop artist has been an outspoken advocate for criminal justice reform, including pushing for changes to the bail system.

He also wore a Colin Kaepernick jersey while performing on "Saturday Night Live" last month in support of NFL players demonstrating during the national anthem to protest racial injustice.