Meek Mill Continues To Fight For Prison Reform With Powerful Message
Philadelphia native and MMG rapper #MeekMill has endured a long history of run ins with the law. Unfortunately paying for mistakes made as teen for more than half of his life. But Meek’s story is no different from any other black or brown man in America who made a mistake as a teen and spends their entire life indebted to society.
According to #Blavity ; since Meek’s release nearly eight months ago, he has decided to use both his platform and his experience to speak out against issues pertaining to incarceration, legal injustice and prison reform. Meek states that he believes his celebrity status had an impact on his case. He also encourages celebrities and politicians to take a stand towards prison reform as well. “ Like many who are currently incarcerated, I was the victim of a miscarriage of justice — carried out by an untruthful officer, as determined by the Philadelphia District Attorney’s office, and an unfair judge … My crime? Popping a wheelie on a motorcycle in Manhattan. Even though the charge was dismissed in a New York City court, a Philadelphia-based judge still deemed my interaction with the police to be a technical violation of my probation “.
Within a #NewYorkTimes piece, Meeks states that he is an exception to the rule solely because of his status and earnings. That without it he would be abused by the legal system as every other black man in America. The powerful domino effects on individuals lives and their families due to incarceration is unjustifiable. “A vicious cycle, feeding upon itself — sons and daughters grow up with their parents in and out of prison, and then become far more likely to become tied up in the arrest-jail-probation cycle. “
Sources state Meek is currently working closely with a foundation to inflict change within the criminal justice system. "Together, we will demand stronger prison rehabilitation programs, updated probation policies — including shortened probationary periods — an improved bail system and balanced sentencing structures.