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Free Meek

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Edgy, dramatic docu calls for criminal justice reform.

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This series serves as an interesting and emotional call for criminal justice reform to end the way it consistently works against members of the black and other underserved communities. It uses Meek Mill's well-publicized legal problems to document how minorities become trapped in the system, with little hope of ever truly getting out of it and improving their lives. Interviews with Mill, his family, and his defense attorneys, along with conversations with journalists, music industry insiders, and celebrities like political commentator Van Jones, and rapper and advocate Jay-Z, deconstruct the circumstances surrounding each stage of the rapper's on-going journey. Many of these discussions position these events within a larger context, underscoring how socioeconomic disadvantages, lack of mentorship, and standardized racism should be factored into fixing and equalizing the overall system.

But while these conversations are compelling, some may not appreciate the edgy rapper serving as the face of reform, or the characterization that his five parole violations (committed in a span of six years) were understandable given the situation he was in. Nonetheless, Free Meek's message succeeds in making you stop and think, and is a disturbing reminder of what can happen when a system purportedly designed to treat everyone equally and fairly, regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, or class, fails.

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