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For Father’s Day, Jay Z pens op-ed about a predatory bail system that separates families

Jay Z is the father of at least one child. If you believe the Internet rumors that Beyoncé has indeed given birth to the couple’s long-awaited twins, then he might be the father of three.

Yet the rapper ushered in Father’s Day in an unusual way: by writing an essay in Time magazine about the “injustice of the profitable bail bond industry.”

Writing under his given name, Shawn Carter, Jay Z lamented the many fathers who spent Sunday’s holiday away from their children because they couldn’t afford bail.

“If you’re from neighborhoods like the Brooklyn one I grew up in, if you’re unable to afford a private attorney, then you can be disappeared into our jail system simply because you can’t afford bail,” Jay Z wrote. “Millions of people are separated from their families for months at a time — not because they are convicted of committing a crime, but because they are accused of committing a crime.”

He said he became “obsessed” with the topic after helping produce the Spike docu-series “TIME: The Kalief Browder Story.”


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