Jussie Smollett’s Sister: ‘You Don’t Have to Believe In His Innocence to Believe He Should Be Free’

Jussie Smollett’s sister, actress Jurnee Smollett, has given up the game and called for her disgraced felon brother to be freed from Cook County Jail whether he’s guilty or not.

According to Jurnee Smollett, her celebrity brother should be freed by the courts even if the judge doesn’t “believe in his innocence.”

She said Cook County should release Jussie because of the difference in incarceration rates between black and white Americans in state prison.

“Black Americans are incarcerated in state prisons at nearly five times the rate of white Americans,” Jurnee Smollett said.

“Jussie is innocent,” she falsely claimed.

“And you don’t have to believe in his innocence to believe he should be free.”

However, Jussie Smollett is not in state prison, he is in the county jail.

Although, based on numerous reports about that jail’s conditions, he probably wishes he had been sentenced to state prison.

During sentencing, the judge was clearly appalled by Smollett’s actions and didn’t hold back, saying:

“There’s a side of you that has this arrogance, and selfishness and narcissism that’s just disgraceful.

“You’re not a victim of a racial hate crime, you’re not a victim of a homophobic hate crime.

“You’re just a charlatan pretending to be a victim of a hate crime, and that’s shameful,” the judge said.

Smollett’s brother also claimed yesterday Jussie was tossed in the psychiatric ward.

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“So Jussie is currently in a psych ward at the Cook County Jail.

“What’s very concerning is that there was a note attached to his paperwork today and put in front of his jail cell saying that he’s at risk of self-harm,” his brother Jocqui Smollett said.

“I want to make it clear to folks that he is in no way, shape, or form at risk of self-harm.

“He wants to let folks know that he is very stable, he is very strong, he is very healthy and ready to take on the challenge that has been put up against him.”

“This is not right. This is a complete lack of justice.

“It’s angering. It’s an outrage, but he ultimately knows what he needs to do.

“So please, make sure you all spreading facts.

“We really need our people to support us,” Jocqui Smollett said.

The Cook County Sheriff’s office said the felon actor is not being held in solitary confinement because it was “abolished” at the jail but the office did not deny Jussie was in a psychiatric ward.

The office said:

“The use of solitary confinement was abolished at the Cook County Jail in 2016, and any claims that he is being held in this manner is false.

“Mr. Smollett is being housed in his own cell, which is monitored by security cameras in the cell and by an officer wearing a body-worn camera who is stationed at the entrance of the cell to ensure that Mr. Smollett is under direct observation at all times.

“As with all detained persons, Mr. Smollett is entitled to have substantial time out of his cell in the common areas on the tier where he is housed, where he is able to use the telephone, watch television, and interact with staff.

“During such times out of cell, other detainees will not be present in the common areas.

“These protocols are routinely used for individuals ordered into protective custody who may potentially be at risk of harm due to the nature of their charges, their profession, or their noteworthy status.

“The safety and security of all detained individuals, including Mr. Smollett, is the Sheriff’s Office’s highest priority,” the office said.

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By David Hawkins

David Hawkins is a writer who specializes in political commentary and world affairs. He's been writing professionally since 2014.

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