This season on Love & Hip Hop Atlanta, viewers get to watch as Scrapp reassimilates after spending 36 months in prison on drug trafficking charges. Now, the cast is talking about prison reform and the change that needs to happen in order to create a justice system that is, in fact, just. Scrapp explains, “The prison system is a system. It is designed to do what systems do.” He’s not so sure, in fact, that the system can be reformed, but he believes that the change comes from individuals. “I think we need to change our actions and want different things and be involved with different things before we can go try to change a system that is not really concerned about us.”
Scrapp was arrested for drug trafficking in 2000 but was actually given time in 2015. He served 3 years behind bars. “I thought I was going to be released sooner than I was,” he says. “You know, this is my first time in prison and–drug trafficking is a big deal but, I had marijuana. Marijuana is legal in a lot of states. So not only did they send me to prison, they gave me a lot of time.”
Scrapp told VH1 that rather than it being about someone’s crimes, “they just look at it as a business and they don’t care at whose expense. They just want to get paid.” For Scrappy, it meant missing his sons grow up.
Karlie Red tells VH1 that she dealt with the justice system and all of its unfairness for “all of [her] daughter’s life. Her ex-husband, the father of her daughter, was in prison and while she “doesn’t have all the answers,” she knows “it’s time for a change.”
But there is hope. Scrapp points to none other than Love & Hip Hop New York’s Yandy as inspiration. Yandy’s husband Mendeecees is currently in prison and was sentenced to 8 years for drug trafficking in 2015. We have watched as Yandy raises their children and fights for prison reform. Scrapp applauds Yandy for taking action earlier this year when she protested at a federal prison in Brooklyn when they left their inmates without electricity or heat during the coldest days of the winter. “People on the inside need people on the outside’s support and their voice. When you’re in prison you feel like you don’t have a support system.”
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IM FREEZING BUT THEY ARE IN THERE DYING, inmates in Brooklyn are being denied there basic HUMAN RIGHTS!!!!! The lights are shut off. The toilets are shut off. There’s no hot water and blankets have been refused and turned away by warden Quay. !!! I’m At the federal detention center right here in Brooklyn, where temperatures are BELOW FREEZING, the heat and electricity have been turned off SINCE MONDAY. 1,600 HUMANS are there. That is them, right now, banging and making noises so people outside can hear them. MEN AND WOMEN are getting sick and are freezing. The only thing working since Monday are small emergency lights. This is a gross human rights abuse. One guard just told me he just took the temperature inside and that it is 33 degrees in there. #OccupyForHumanity @shaunking @theshaderoom Incarcerated Individuals Have Rights Too! JOIN US In Solidarity With Our Incarcerated Family 2/2/19 12pm – #UntilThereIsHeat MDC Brooklyn Detention Center 80 29th st Brooklyn NY 11232 Dress Warm…We Will Be There Until All Services Are Restored! @mysonnenygeneral @jamilatdavis @tamikadmallory @yandysmith @ericaford_ilovemylife @lsarsour @trife_gangsta @nyjusticeleague @msladyjustice1 @angelo_pinto_
He also applauded Kim Kardashian and Meek Mill for speaking out and fighting for prison reform.
“I think that’s a wonderful and I think that’s a start,” Scrapp says. “A lot of people follow them and look up to them, so their voice holds a lot of weight. But I also think it’s important for other people to speak up, too, who may not have as much power as their voices have…We need that type of support. We need that type of awareness on how we’re being treated inside the system.”
You can watch Scrapp’s story unfold on Love & Hip Hop Atlanta on Mondays at 8/7c.