Rapper Kodak Black is pleading with President Donald Trump to commute his prison sentence for illegal firearm charges, which has him serving time in a maximum-security facility in Kentucky.
Black’s lawyers, Jonathan Schwartz and Bradford Cohen, sent the president a letter explaining that the average federal gun case sentence is about 18 months, while he has been sentenced 46 months, which they feel qualifies him for a commute.
In addition, Black also claims he has been tortured and humiliated by prison guards.
Kodak Black claims that prison guards forced him to wear a backless paper gown for six hours on a 4-point restraint, causing him to urinate and defecate on himself while they watched and laughed.https://t.co/rHAzrVi5Qc
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His representatives also argued that the Federal Bureau of Prisons (FBP) “erroneously” housed Kodak on the basis of having a level-four criminal history, meaning he was placed in a maximum-security prison. They argue that the judge only designates Kodak as a level two, meaning he should be kept in a lower-security facility.
They also claim that Kodak was unfairly punished for assaulting a prison guard in Miami, suggesting he was set up or even drugged before the incident took place. Furthermore, they say that he was given another year’s sentence for that crime, double the recommended six months. This means he has been in complete lockdown since September, preventing him from receiving conjugal visits and making phone calls to friends and family.
His lawyers also allege physical and psychological abuse he has faced within the prison.
Earlier this week, Kodak sued the FBP over said claims of torture, saying he was strapped to a bed in a hospital gown for six hours without access to a bathroom, causing him to both urinate and defecate on himself while prison guards laughed at his misfortune. Another incident reportedly involved a “gang beating” from guards as retaliation for his assault charge.
In 2019, President Trump helped free rapper A$AP Rocky, who was detained in Sweden over a fight involving his entourage. Rocky was freed from the court after being found guilty. Perhaps Kodak is hoping for the same advocacy.