Since it was announced that Meek Mill would be heading to prison for 2-4 years, countless celebrities have stepped up in support of Meek and the unjustly ruling. JAY Z has been vocal from the beginning, taking to Facebook to express his frustration. Today, Hov wrote an Op-Ed for the New York Times, in which he drives home just how unfair the criminal justice system can be to black people.
“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,” Jay-Z writes. “For about a decade, he’s been stalked by a system that considers the slightest infraction a justification for locking him back inside.”
“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, he writes. “He’s there because of arrests for a parole violation, and because a judge overruled recommendations by a prosecutor and his probation officer that he doesn’t deserve more jail time. That’s why I stopped my show in Dallas last week to talk about Meek.”
Judge Genece Brinkley, who is currently overseeing the case, is reportedly being investigated by the FBI. A source told Pagesix:
“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.”
Read JAY Z’s Op-Ed in full here.