In “The Story of O.J.,” rapper Jay-Z famously examines wealth, fame and race through the character of disgraced former football star O.J. Simpson. The song is a thoughtful and instructive interrogation of a social dynamic familiar to most outsiders in America and a key cornerstone of U.S. politics.
An estimated 12,000 prisoners across the country are eligible for release as lighter crack cocaine sentencing guidelines are applied to their cases. Some authorities, however, warn that potentially dangerous criminals with prior records of violence also could be released.