Van Jones And Meek Mill Are Proposing New Legislation
The rapper, along with 76ers co-owner Michael Rubin and CNN’s Van Jones, along with several other local politicians at the Philadelphia Municipal Services Building, will be proposing new legislation to reform the state probation and parole system. The proposed bill will aim to prevent the courts from giving a person consecutive probation sentences, it will prevent the court from extending a person’s time on probation or parole due to nonpayment of fines and/or fees, and it will also establish a system of incentives that reward good behavior.
Meek Mill has been pushing for reforms of this nature since he was released from being locked up for more than 5 months on a probation violation. The rapper helped to launch REFORM Alliance with Jay-Z, and they have vowed to get at least one million people out of jail in the nest 5 years with a focus on probation and parole.
This proposal is the first step to changing the system in his home state of Pennsylvania, according to Meek. He explained his mission, saying, “I’ve lost too much time away from my son, my family, my friends, and my fans in Philly because of outdated probation laws, so I want to make sure people don’t have to go through what I did.”
Good on Meek for continuing to fight the good fight!