Reviews | Meek Mill: prisoners deserve a new set of rights
The criminal justice system has a set of rights created to protect you. But do you think it really protects us? You had the right to remain silent, but it really means that you had the right to be silenced, questioned, questioned, suspected. Your skin color can and will be used against you in court. In their hands, we are incarcerated five times more often than whites convicted of the same crimes. You have the right to a lawyer during the questioning. And in some states, 80 percent of defendants can’t even afford a lawyer, so an overworked public defender is in control of your fate – a government employee, countless lives at stake. You had the right to be innocent until then. proof to the contrary. But one way or another, around 47% of those wrongly convicted are black. And if they prove you’re guilty, they’ll write you a continuous sentence, on average 20% longer than white defendants charged with the same crime. Even if you go out, you are still not free. When you are an ex-convict, they had the right to deny you a bank account, deny you a mortgage, deny you a job, deny your vote. And if you don’t stay perfect, with the slightest slip, the slightest offense, the most honest mistake, you will join us, the 80% who return to prison in five years, like me. That’s when you realize they didn’t bring us here to thrive. They brought us here to build this. The plantation and a prison are actually no different. The past is the present. It is not a coincidence. It was the plan since the abolition, to keep us subjugated by creating this system. But I believe in another set of rights, the right to stand up and be heard, the right to reform a failing justice system and to build a new future. We had the right to be silent. Now it’s our right to speak. Do you understand these rights as I read them to you?