#FreeMeekMill

Probation is a trap. 
And it's why we need justice for Meek Mill.

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#FreeMeekMill

Probation is a trap. 
And it's why we need justice for Meek Mill.

Take Action

#FreeMeekMill

Meek Mill was sent to prison because the system is broken. And what he’s going through is just one example of what thousands and thousands of Black people face every single day. Judges have way too much discretion to ruin people's lives over petty probation and parole infractions. You can go to prison for missing a meeting, having a work commitment you can’t break, or even being homeless.

The entire way probation & parole system work is designed to keep people in prison. Not out of it. But we have a chance to stop that.

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The Judge who sent Meek Mill
to prison has to go

The judge who sent Meek Mill to prison is and has been out of control.Against the recommendation of the assistant district attorney AND the probation officer, Judge Genece Brinkley sentenced Meek to two to four years in prison for insignificant probation violations on a case from nearly a DECADE ago. She’s also notorious in Philadelphia and has one of the highest rates of sending people to prison for probation violations. To make matters worse, it was revealed that she’s been under FBI probe for handling of Meek’s case and extortionate behavior. She's more than just a bad apple--she's part of a system that is terrorizing and entrapping Black people every day. Judge Brinkley needs to step aside.
#StandWithMeek

Thousands of people are sitting in jail in Philly on petty probation and parole violations. Let’s change that.

Probation and parole are one of the biggest drivers of mass incarceration. Did you know you can be put in jail by your probation officer if they think you violated probation or parole before trial without any possibility of bail? It's called a detainer and it’s an unjust practice abused in the Philadelphia court system. Thousands of people are sitting in jail, not convicted of any new crime, and haven't even gone before a judge to have their day in court. Half of all people in jail in Philadelphia are there for petty probation and parole violations. As Jay Z said in his New York Times opinion piece on the probation trap, “We could literally close jails if we treated people on probation and parole better.” The judges who sit at the Court of Common Pleas in Philadelphia have the power to stop the cruel use of detainers to unjustly hold people in jail--they need to see a mountain of pressure to ensure they do it.
#StandWithPhilly

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