By Jack Barnes
This Thursday hip-hop artist and hyphy pioneer Keak Da Sneak is expected to start serving a 16-month prison sentence for a nonviolent offense. The Bay Area rapper is confined to a wheelchair after being shot in 2017. His wife, Dee Bowens, is his full-time caregiver and he requires specialized care from nurses. Dee started a Change.org petition to ask California Governor Gavin Newsom and State Representative Tom McClintock to allow the rapper to serve his time under house arrest rather than in prison.
“This issue is bigger than me. Our penitentiary system lacks any compassion for those with disabilities and it is not equipped to handle our care,” said Keak. “I’m lucky to have people in my corner that are making this an issue. Other people aren’t so lucky, who’s looking out for them?”
“Prison is dangerous, he cannot defend himself and has already been the victim of 2 shootings,” said Bowens. “There’s really no reason for a disabled, nonviolent offender to have to do his time in jail.”
“Last year the movement to save Meek Mill garnered over 425,000 signatures. Keak’s petition is at over 35,000 in less than a week. The hip hop community’s outcry is forcing officials to really take a closer look at how our criminal justice system works,” said Michael Jones, managing director of Change.org.
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