Meek Mill Is Really Excited About Passing of New Criminal Justice Bill
If there's anyone in the game who's excited about the senate passing First Step Act, it's Meek Mill, who's continually fought for criminal justice reform since getting out of prison back in April.
On late Tuesday night (Dec. 18), the senate voted 87 to 12 to approve the bipartisan criminal justice bill and send it to the House, where it's expected to pass. Once the bill lands on President Trump's desk, he will sign the historic piece of legislation into law, which brings plenty of joy to the Championships rapper.
"This major!!!!" Meek exclaimed in his Instagram post. "A lot of over sentenced men and women will come home soon!! @vanjones68 💪🏾💪🏾💪🏾🏆🏆🏆."
The First Step act aims to significantly reduce the number of people in our nation’s prisons within the next 10 years. It also give judges more discretion when it comes to sentencing offenders for nonviolent crimes, specifically drug offenses. The bill with support from both Republican and Democratic members of Congress will also fortify rehabilitation programs for former prisoners who plan to turn their lives around after they serve their sentence.
This bill feels like one that could prevent people from facing the injustices Meek Mill feels he faced after being given a two-year prison sentence for violating charges related to drug charges he caught nearly a decade ago. Over the last several months, Meek has done his part to affect change.
Even before his release from prison in April, the Philly rapper made a case for fixing America's broken criminal justice system by revising the rules after he was sent to jail for violating the terms of his aforementioned probation. Since his release, Meek has become a voice for the voiceless as he continues his fight for more criminal justice reform with his foundation with Philadelphia 76ers co-owner Michael Rubin.
Speaking with Bleacher Report earlier this year, Meek explained the way his legal plight inspired Rubin to take action.
"For him, he's like, 'How did my friend just get a four-year sentence for not committing a crime?'" Meek said at the time. "For him, it's like, 'I've never seen no shit like this, and it doesn't sit well with me.'"
For his part, Rubin made it clear he and Meek were looking to do big things with their organization. "We're taking on the whole criminal justice system now, and we're gonna be announcing a major foundation soon," Rubin explained. "I'm going to be highly involved with it, Meek's going to be highly involved with it, and some other big people who you know and follow and care about will also be very involved with it. We think we can launch what will be the most impactful foundation within criminal justice reform and create a movement."
Check out Meek Mill's reaction to the news about the First Step Act below.
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