While most people would be getting some much needed R&R after being released from prison, Meek Mill has hit the ground running. Nearly a week after being released on bail by order of the Pennsylvania state Supreme Court, the MMG rapper is using his freedom as a means to fight for others.
Standing besides Pennsylvania’s governor, several state lawmakers and Philadelphia 76ers co-owner Michael Rubin, Meek Mill attended a press conference advocating for criminal justice reform.
“What I went through is terrible, but I think it’s a path God put me on for a better time, like right now. It’s surreal to be in this situation like this — to be with Gov. Wolf talking about criminal justice reform,” he said.
The Philly native, who received a two- to-four year prison sentence for technical probation violations, revealed his need to assist others who may be experiencing similar legal woes.
“I actually made a commitment to speaking for the voiceless. I spent time with these men and women, and watched families being broken apart because of addiction, mental illness, technical violations.”
Meek went on to use the recent instance of racial profiling at a Pennsylvania Starbucks as an example of how dangerous technical violations can be. “If that was me in Starbucks on probation I would have been actually in technical violation and would have still been able to legally be sentenced to two to four years in prison...just because I came into contact with police,” he added.
Accompanied by a camera crew, Meek’s appearance at the press conference was filmed as part of a six-part Amazon documentary series with Jay-Z’s Roc Nation chronicling his experience with the criminal justice system over the last decade.
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