"Criminal Justice Reform."
Meek Mill, who was released from prison in April, has become the face of the downfalls of America’s legal system. In efforts to ignite change, the rapper spoke up about his experience while calling for “criminal justice reform.”
“I think it should be a line drawn where you have a drug problem and you’re scared to tell your probation officer you have a drug problem because you don’t want to be sent to prison for years,” he said.
Alongside Philadelphia Governor Tom Wolf and other state officials, the “1942 Flows” rapper talked about his struggle with addiction. He revealed, “At one point in my life, I was actually addicted to opioids.”
After expressing that parolees feeling fearful to ask for help is crossing a boundary, he thanked his P.O. for getting him help. “It was one point in my life, I had a drug problem, years ago. And I told her I had a drug problem, and she asked did I want help… And she put me in a rehabilitation program, and it changed my life,” Meek said.
During the conference, which took place May 3, Meek called himself a voice for “the voiceless,” referring to the countless men and women who are imprisoned. He said he “watched families be broken apart because of drug addiction, mental illness, technical violations…”
TMZ broke news of the rapper’s release late March, reporting that the Pennsylvania Supreme Court “cited the alleged corrupt police officer who served as a ‘critical witness’ in Meek’s original gun and drugs case as a crucial point in their decision to order his bail.” Prosecutors were okay with Meek’s release, siding with the Supreme Court’s decision.
In response, the “All Eyes on You” artist sent out a lengthy message via TMZ, thanking “God, my family, my friends, my attorneys, my team at Roc Nation including JAY-Z, Desiree Perez, my good friend Michael Rubin, my fans, The Pennsylvania Supreme Court and all my public advocates for their love, support and encouragement during this difficult time.”
After Meek was released from prison with no bail — contingent on a hearing roughly two months from now to possibly overturn the conviction — the rapper also told TMZ that though “the past five months have been a nightmare,” he was able to push through and “stay positive” because of the many “prayers, visits, calls, letters and rallies.” He went on:
“To the Philadelphia District Attorney’s office, I’m grateful for your commitment to justice – not only for my case, but for others that have been wrongfully jailed due to police misconduct. Although I’m blessed to have the resources to fight this unjust situation, I understand that many people of color across the country don’t have that luxury and I plan to use my platform to shine a light on those issues. In the meantime, I plan to work closely with my legal team to overturn this unwarranted conviction and look forward to reuniting with my family and resuming my music career.”
Now that he’s out, Meek says he’s still “overwhelmed.”
“It was a traumatic experience and I’m happy to be back and be a part of what I call history because I notice a lot of voiceless men and people I personally know from being in prison,” he said during his recent press conference. “I feel like God has given me a great platform to help many others and make Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and the world a better place.”
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