After being sentenced to four years in prison for violating his probation for a conviction from 2008, Meek Mill has been released by order of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. Activists for prison reform are calling the sentencing excessive and unjust. He has received support from the celebrity community.
Meek Mill’s Live Interview with CBS
Robert Williams (aka Meek Mill) is calling for criminal justice reforms after his release from jail on Tuesday. In his first TV interview with CBS after his release, Mill states he doesn’t mind being the face of a reform movement.
The rapper was released on an unsecured bail bond after the Pennsylvania Supreme Court directed Judge Genece Brinkley to release him. Mill confirmed he was looking forward to getting back to his music career and also thanked his family and those who advocated for him:
- Jim Kenny
- Mayor of Philadelphia
- Robert Kraft
- Rapper Jay-Z
- Kevin Hart
Mill’s attorney, Jordan Siev, noted the legal details of the rapper’s case was more important to the final outcome of the court rather than the pressure of his supporters.
“I don’t think the Pennsylvania Supreme Court is going to be fully-swayed by any publicity or celebrities or the public speaking out. I think they look at each case on the facts and on the law. But the truth is, all of the public support and the celebrity support is because this was a complete injustice.”
In November of 2017, a judge sentenced the rapper to four years in prison for violating his probation after the 2008 conviction on charges of drug and weapons.
About Meek Mill’s Stay in Prison
Mill said his stay in prison was a nightmare, but he is working with his legal team to overturn the excessive conviction.
He said without the help of prominent people like rapper Jay-Z, comedian Kevin Hart, Michael Rubin and Robert Kraft (owner of New England Patriots) he would still be in jail.
In his statement on Tuesday:
“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.”
Mill appealed the conviction after his sentencing. Supporters of reform believe the treatment was unjust and extreme.
The rapper is calling for Americans to stand together. The U.S. needs to stand up and make America a unified voice.
Meek Mill said:
“Cause I always explained it as being…two different Americas. And a lot of people they didn’t understand what I was saying and I would just like to bring people together and make things work.”