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Jay-Z speaks out about the parole-prison revolving door.

In a November 2017 New York Times op-ed, philanthropist and musician Jay-Z highlighted how parole and probation policies create a revolving door back into prison, citing the case of rapper Meek Mill, who was sentenced to two to four years for violating his probation.Jay-Z, “Jay-Z: The Criminal Justice System Stalks Black People Like Meek Mill,” New York Times, November 17, 2017.

Mill’s original prison sentence was eight months, and in both instances of probation violations, the charges against him were ultimately dropped or dismissed.Jay-Z, “Jay-Z: The Criminal Justice System Stalks Black People Like Meek Mill,” New York Times, November 17, 2017. “For about a decade, he’s been stalked by a system that considers the slightest infraction a justification for locking him back inside,” Jay-Z wrote, noting that black people are sent to prison for violating parole or probation at a much higher rate than white people.Jay-Z, “Jay-Z: The Criminal Justice System Stalks Black People Like Meek Mill,” New York Times, November 17, 2017.