Meek Mill demands improved prison rights - Noise11.com
Meek Mill

Meek Mill

Meek Mill demands improved prison rights

by Music-News.com on November 28, 2018

in News

Rapper Meek Mill has called for sweeping changes to the criminal justice system in an essay published in the New York Times on Monday.

Meek Mill spent five months in prison before his release in April (18), after lawmakers in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania overturned a judge’s decision to keep him locked up for violating his probation, linked to a 2008 drug and gun bust.

After petitioning for his freedom, with support from JAY-Z and New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, Mill, real name Robert Rihmeek Williams, pledged to use his position to campaign for prison reform. And in an emotional op-ed he called for change to the “broken” criminal justice system, which he insisted has been designed to fail African-Americans and Latinos.

“It’s clearer than ever that a disproportionate number of men and women of colour are treated unfairly by a broken criminal justice system,” Mill wrote. “The system causes a vicious cycle, feeding upon itself – sons and daughters grow up with their parents in and out of prison, and then become far more likely to become tied up in the arrest-jail-probation cycle. This is bad for families and our society as a whole.”

The 31-year-old demanded an end to “technical violations” and recommended officials introduce legislation that allows people to earn a reduction in probation time for good behaviour to avoid “entire swaths of people” spending their lives in the system.

“It’s a shame that model probationers can be immediately put back behind bars simply for missing curfew, testing positive for marijuana, failing to pay fines on time or, in some cases, not following protocol when changing addresses,” he wrote. “Our lawmakers can and should do away with these ‘technical violations.’”

Mill, who is set to launch a foundation that will work on prison reform, concluded his candid essay by adding: “A higher power has put me in a position to help fix this – to help clean up this persistent stain on our society.”

music-news.com

Follow Noise11 on Twitter for news as it happens

For news as it happens follow Noise11 on Facebook

Noise11.com

Listen to the Noise11 Music News channel now at iHeartRadio

Comments

comments

Related Posts

Ariana Grande thank u next
Australian Albums: Ariana Grande ‘thank u, next’ continues its no 1 streak

Ariana Grande logs a fourth broken week at the top of the ARIA Albums Chart this week with her fifth studio album "thank u, next".

2 days ago
Chance The Rapper
Chance The Rapper celebrating marriage with baby news

Chance the Rapper is set to become a dad again just days after making his marriage to Kirsten Corley official.

4 days ago
Beyonce photo by Ros OGorman
Beyonce in Legal Battle Over Use of Blue Ivy Trademark

Beyonce is demanding her private text messages be kept from the public in her legal battle to trademark her daughter Blue Ivy's name.

4 days ago
Olly Murs to become a Disney character

Disney UK announced today that Olly Murs has signed up for a guest “spot” on Disney Channel’s brand new animation series, 101 Dalmatian Street, launching on Disney Channel on 18th March.

6 days ago
Ariana Grande thank u next
Australian Charts: Ariana Grande ‘thank u, next’ is no 1 again

For the second time in 2019 an album has reclaimed the top spot on the ARIA Albums Chart, as this week "thank u, next" for Ariana Grande climbs back up one spot to reign again in the No.1 spot here.

March 10, 2019
Chance The Rapper
Chance The Rapper to marry this weekend

Chance the Rapper will become a married man at the weekend.

March 7, 2019
Janice Freeman and Miley Cyrus
Miley Cyrus Pens Emotional Response following death of Janice Freeman

Miley Cyrus has penned an emotional letter to late The Voice contestant Janice Freeman in the wake of the rising singer's untimely death.

March 5, 2019