Jay Z is once again using his HUGE platform to speak out against the need for criminal justice reform, especially as it relates to the recent arrest of rapper Meek Mill.
The Philadelphia hip-hop star was arrested for violating his probation and sentenced on November 6 to a minimum of two years in prison.
In a new op-ed piece with The New York Times, Jay Z belives that the criminal justice system stalks black people exactly the way they are doing Meek Mill.
“What’s happening to Meek Mill is just one example of how our criminal justice system entraps and harasses hundreds of thousands of black people every day,” Jay writes. “I saw this up close when I was growing up in Brooklyn during the 1970s and 1980s. 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.”
“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,” he continues. “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.”
“Black people are sent to prison for probation and parole violations at much higher rates than white people,” he adds. “Probation is a trap and we must fight for Meek and everyone else unjustly sent to prison.”
To read Jay Z’s full op-ed piece, CLICK HERE.