On Thursday (June 10), Meek Mill joined Virginia Governor Ralph Northam for the signing of a brand new probation reform invoice.
The invoice will reportedly present court docket limitations for probation sentences in Virginia. It received the assist of the rapper, who grew to become a legal justice advocate after overcoming a 12-year authorized case for misdemeanor fees that resulted in each jail and probation.
“I’ve the assets and I am ready to do higher to assist,” Meek Mill mentioned Thursday at a information convention, in line with CBS Information. “I am going to be certain I am going to have the ability to ship and shut each bridge I can to assist repair the system as a result of I used to be affected by that.”
The invoice will take impact on July 1 and limits the quantity of “energetic incarceration” a court docket can impose for violations to an individual’s probation. It requires courts to “measure any interval of suspension of sentence from the date of entry of the unique sentencing order” and limits supervised probation to a most of 5 years for felony fees and one yr for misdemeanor offenses.
Virginia was certainly one of solely seven remaining states with out specs about how many individuals might be incarcerated for minor violations or size of energetic supervision.
“Our legal justice system has been inequitable for a lot too lengthy,” Northam mentioned through the press convention. “Too many crimes deliver prolonged sentences that outweigh the severity of the offense and that has resulted in far too many individuals — significantly too many individuals of coloration — in our prisons and jails.”
Meek was arrested in 2007 for gun and drug fees. He served 5 months in jail in 2017 for probation violations. In 2018, he was granted bail and a re-trial. A yr later, his case was dismissed with all fees being dropped.