According to reports, Jay-Z is upset with federal authorities for refusing to release a man who has been imprisoned for 14 years on a marijuana charge. Valon Vailes is still being jailed, according to TMZ, over some “ticky-tac” prison crimes, according to the veteran rapper and his Team Roc organization.
In 2007, Vailes, 56, was sentenced to 20 years in jail for attempting to distribute more than a ton of marijuana. Last year, he caught Jay-notice Z’s when he addressed a letter to the 52-year-old, requesting his assistance in his efforts to secure a reduced sentence. Vailes’ case was then taken up by the rapper’s Team Roc, who reportedly filed documents asking for a “compassionate release.”
However, according to current court filings, federal officials are still keeping Vailes for tiny prison crimes. Vailes fits the standards for compassionate release, according to Team Roc attorney Alex Spiro, but federal prosecutors are opposing him because he committed several prison infractions, including smuggling leftover chicken from the prison mess to his cell.
Vailes was also given another strike for utilizing a portion of his jail clothing as “exercise equipment,” according to the records. Vailes, on the other hand, is argued to be a model convict by Jay-Z and Team Roc, who claims he has even received his GED.
Vailes also needs to return home to care for his “mentally sick” sibling, according to Team Roc. Vaile’s sibling was cared for by their mother, but she died in 2020, according to TMZ.
Vailes’ continuing incarceration, according to Spiro, is a symptom of a flawed system, adding that his initial 20-year prison term may have been different if he had been “whiter.”
According to Page Six, Vailes revealed in a letter to Jay-Z last year that he felt “some type of way” about serving time for marijuana in the aftermath of recent legislation on the drug’s legalization in the United States.
He wrote, “It is a bittersweet fact that I am a casualty and a commodity of this system of injustice.”
Vailes also stated that his family needs him to return home. “I have lost loved ones while incarcerated,” he wrote. “My mother passed away in 2020; my grandma passed away in 2009, and my nephew passed away in 2020. In addition, in 2021, my dearest friend died of COVID. I have four children, the youngest of whom is 14 years old, as well as three granddaughters.”
“A lot has changed in my life,” Vailes continued, “but most significantly, I have a newfound perspective on society.” “As a result, I promise my family, my children, and myself that my imprisonment will not be in vain.”