Hundreds of faith leaders signed an open letter calling for redemption and salvation, noting Shakur's ongoing incarceration serves no valid public purpose. 

With his rapidly deteriorating health, Shakur's legal team filed an emergency request for compassionate release at the end of June.

In some ways, by refusing to release the dying Black leader, federal authorities have effectively converted his "punishment" to a death sentence.

Monifa Bandele of the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement shared that aging prisoners like Shakur are having their requests for compassionate release blocked despite having multiple health issues in the middle of an ongoing public health crisis