The judge in Meek Mill’s case has denied the rapper’s request for bail.
Judge Genece E. Brinkley, who sentenced the rapper earlier this year to time in prison, called Mill a potential “danger to the community” and flight risk before denying the rapper’s request to be released on bail.
Brinkley, who sentenced the rapper to two to four years in prison for violating parole, has come under intense scrutiny over allegations that she requested the rapper remix a Boyz II Men song with her name in it and reportedly tried to persuade Mill to leave Roc Nation and sign with local music manager Charlie Mack.
Numerous celebrities have spoken out in support of the rapper including JAY-Z, who wrote an op-ed for The New York Times. “What’s happening to Meek Mill is just one example of how our criminal justice system entraps and harasses hundreds of thousands of black people every day,” he wrote.
Bill Cobb, the deputy director for the ACLU’s Campaign for Smart Justice, told ThinkProgress, “It’s unfortunate that he is suffering the outcome that he currently is. However, it’s quite typical of the way in which our criminal justice system responds to crime, but also the way that system functions on a daily basis.”
“The way that it is designed, there are these roadblocks and these barriers that are really drivers that increase recidivism, and that don’t positively contribute to public safety.”