"For about a decade, he’s been stalked by a system that considers the slightest infraction a justification for locking him back inside," writes Jay.
JAY-Z has spent the past few years speaking out about the inequities of the criminal justice system and fighting to reverse decades of harsh sentencing laws, even meeting with politicians such as New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo to advocate for reforms to the system. On Friday (Nov. 17) he got personal in an Op-Ed for The New York Times entitled "Meek Mill and the Absurdity of the Criminal Justice System," in which Jay argues that the endless probation his friend (and Roc Nation signee) has been subjected to is both unfair to the rapper, but also a burden on our justice and social systems.
"This month Meek Mill was sentenced to two to four years in prison for violating his probation. #FreeMeek hashtags have sprung up, and hundreds of his fans rallied near City Hall in Philadelphia to protest the ruling," Jay writes about the surprisingly harsh sentence handed down by a Philadelphia judge in the case. "On the surface, this may look like the story of yet another criminal rapper who didn’t smarten up and is back where he started. But consider this: 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."