Kodak Black’s Request To Have Sentence Reduced Reportedly Denied by Federal Prosecutors

Kodak Black wrote a motion to the court requesting a compassionate release based on his reach as an entertainer and acknowledgment of his mistakes.

Kodak Black performs onstage during the 'Dying to Live' tour

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Kodak Black performs onstage during the 'Dying to Live' tour

Kodak Black has been fighting hard to get his time behind bars reduced. But it seems as though his pleas are falling on deaf ears. 

VladTV reported on Wednesday that federal prosecutors denied the rapper's attempts to reduce his sentence because his motion failed to follow legal procedures or cite a valid reason for why he deserves less time. 

"(Kodak Black) has not presented 'extraordinary and compelling reasons' supporting his request for release," assistant U.S. Attorney Bruce O. Brown wrote in response to the motion, per VladTV. "Stated more correction, (Kodak Black) has not presented ANY reason supporting his request for release. He merely states he is not an evil person and promises to participate in community-based programs aimed at helping the 'younger generation.' That simply is inadequate pursuant to the statute."

Brown went on to explain that Black's current 46-month sentence is a lot lighter than the 10 years he was originally facing. As a result, a reduced sentence isn't necessary. 

Black hand wrote the motion requesting a compassionate release based on his reach as an entertainer and acknowledgment of his mistakes. 

"With all due deference, I come in truth," he wrote. "I acknowledge my mistakes and I take full responsibility for my actions. I am not a evil or demented person. I am salvageble (sic) and I have the ability and potential to live a prosperous and positive life."

This didn't sway the prosecution as it elected to keep Black's release date of November 2022.

In a statement to Complex by Black's lawyer, Bradford Cohen, he confirmed Black sent in the motion and elaborated on justice reform.

The motion he filed Pro Se was for a reduction of sentence/compassionate release. I have not sent the Order, but my understanding that it was denied based on procedural errors within the motion. We are still hopeful that the BOP (Bureau of Prisons) will at a minimum allow him to participate in the Drug and Alcohol program in the prison. I am an advocate of justice reform and I don't think you can have true reform without prison reform. The federal system defaults to incarceration. There are very, very few cases that get straight probation and probably .02 percent get offered a diversion program. They punish those that wish to go to trial and reward those that cooperate. The prisons themselves are regulated by themselves. They conduct their own investigations, hold their own hearings, and dole out their own punishments. Often video tapes are lost, or they claim cameras are broken. There is currently no requirement to have prison guards wear body worn cameras and that should be in place.

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