Rapper Meek Mill using recent prison release to talk about minority incarceration

Posted at 6:11 PM, Apr 26, 2018

Rapper Meek Mill was released from prison on Tuesday and announced that he would use his freedom to speak up about the injustice he believes is being done to minorities in the judicial system. 

According to The Sentencing Project, for every six minorities that are in prison, only one white person is. It shows that there are way more minorities serving time behind bars. That could mean minorities are committing crimes at higher rates, but some believe it is a systemic problem with the US judicial system. 

"It is a systemic problem and I think it's going to take an awful lot of work on everybody's part to overcome it" Prisoners are People Too Founder Karima Amin said. 

Amin is not the only one who thinks this way. Rebecca Town, a public defender, believes minorities are often profiled. 

"Part of it is the partial racial biases we all have that might affect some of the officers who are making the stops and it certainly affects the individuals who are calling the complaints" Town said. 

One way that Amin hopes this systemic issue will end is through acceptance. 

"We have a tendency to look down on one another," Amin said, "when we should be lifting each other up."

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