Meek Mill’s Reform Alliance team efforts to push for reforms in outdated probation laws paid as they travelled to Richmond Virginia to meet the State’s Governor during the signing of a reform deal on probation laws. On Thursday 10th, in Richmond Virginia, it was a new dawn for the incarcerated as the signing of the probation law will reform draconian policies of the past. Meek Mill is doing this to make a positive impact and help the vulnerable held behind bars in the State’s prison.
Himself an ex-convict, he said it is a way of giving back after the help he received to get free when he was jailed some years go. According to him, the current probation laws are outdated and restrictive to a point that they aimlessly limit the normal functioning of convicted felons in the community. He indicated that convicted felons deserve a second chance to take their shot in free life.
Meek Mill attributed the better probation deal he got in 2012 to his success in reuniting with family and the community. He acknowledged to be not perfect but the probation deal helped him become productive and provide for his family while at the same time creating jobs for others. As a result, he made an initiative to push the department of justice to reform some of the laws he found outdated. He said some convicts are in worse situations than him and helpless and that inspired him to influence change.
Governor Northam agreed to sign, “House Bill 2038 limiting the amount of active incarceration a court can impose as a result of a revocation hearing for a probation violation.” According to the new law, any convict is expected to serve a maximum of five years’ probation term since release. In a press conference after the signing, Governor Northam explained that the justice system has a responsibility to exercise fairness in proportion to crimes committed.
Meek Mill was arrested in 2017 for violating his probation and was sentenced to a jail term of between two to four years in prison. In July 2019, his appeal bore fruits asthe Supreme Court of Pennsylvania overturned his 2008 conviction.