Meek Mill bail hearing dropped due to 'clerical error' - remains in jail

Meek Mill bail hearing dropped due to 'clerical error' - remains in jail

In defending his friend and fellow rapper Meek Mill, Jay-Z has taken things to a new level by writing an op-ed piece calling slamming the criminal justice system.

In his opinion piece, titled "The Criminal Justice System Stalks Black People Like Meek Mill", Jay-Z argues that Meek Mill's sentence stemming from a almost decade-old drug and gun charge points to a far larger problem.

Earlier this week, hundreds of protesters gathered outside Philadelphia's Criminal Justice Center to call for Meek Mill's prison sentence on probation violations to be overturned.

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. Mill's case is another example of how the judicial system unjustly treats "hundreds of thousands of black people", constantly following and trapping them back into prison, according to Jay-Z.

In 2008, Mill served eight months in prison for his crimes, Jay-Z detailed.

The judge who sentenced Mill is coming under fire from celebrities like Jay-Z and former 76er Julius Erving.

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"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'. He later added in the op-ed, "it's time we highlight the random ways people trapped in the criminal justice system are punished every day". On Saturday morning, TMZ reported that Meek was moved to another prison entirely, and was moved out solitary and into general population.

"For about a decade, (Mill's) been stalked by a system that considers the slightest infraction a justification for locking him back inside", the 21-time Grammy victor wrote.

The FBI is reportedly investigating Judge Genece Brinkley, who allegedly suggested that Mill change his management, over the case. You gave me the ladder to do what I have to do to prevail in my struggle.

The sentence came as a surprise after prosecutors recommended Mill not be imprisoned for the probation violations, noting he's been off drugs since January and has complied with most requirements of probation.

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