Jay-Z took aim at the American criminal justice system in a scathing New York Times op-ed published Friday.
The rapper and music mogul detailed "how our criminal justice system entraps and harasses hundreds of thousands of black people," using rapper Meek Mill's two-year prison sentence for violating his probation as a prime example, noting Mill's crimes were committed almost 10 years ago.
Here are five of his sharpest jabs at the criminal justice system from his New York Times piece:
The System's Goal Is to Put Those on Probation Back in Prison
"The system treats them as a danger to society," Jay-Z wrote. "Consistently monitors and follows them for any minor infraction — with the goal of putting them back in prison."
Jay-Z also made the point that "half of the people in city jails in Philadelphia are there for probation or parole violations." He argued that if those being convicted for violations were treated more fairly, "we could literally shut down jails."
2. The Criminal Justice System Entraps and Harasses Black People
He cited his own personal experiences growing up in Brooklyn to back up his claim that the justice system is designed to entrap, rather than help.
"For about a decade, [Mill's] been stalked by a system that considers the slightest infraction a justification for locking him back inside."
Later in the piece, he wrote that Mill was being sent back to jail "because a judge overruled recommendations by a prosecutor and his probation officer that he doesn't deserve more jail time."