If you’ve been following on social media, the entire community is rallying in support of Meek Mill, who was recently handed a 2-4 prison sentence for violating probation.
Now, a politician is backing the rapper.
Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf has launched a petition called #JusticeForMeek, in an effort to reverse his sentencing.
He calls the sentencing both “harsh” and “undeserving”. So far, it has garnered more than 194,000 signatures.
“More than just a celebrity or rapper, Meek Mill has been a powerful voice in the community for our youth,” said Wolf. “He has made positive contributions to many communities and programs, dedicating time and money to the cultivation of our youth and neighborhoods; even through his own adversities. He has continued to be dedicated and shown an immaculate work ethic, even at times when the system tried to prevent him from being able to tour, which is how he makes a living.”
“This petition is designed to show the amount of people who believe that the punishment was harsh and that him being imprisoned will be a disservice to the youth and community at large,” he added. “We humbly ask for your reconsideration of his sentence.”
If you wish to sign the petition, you can do so via Change.org.
In the hip-hop community, Jay-Z has been a big supporter of Meek. “The sentence handed down by the Judge — against the recommendation of the Assistant District Attorney and Probation Officer — is unjust and heavy handed,” wrote JAY. “We will always stand by and support Meek Mill, both as he attempts to right this wrongful sentence and then in returning to his musical career.”
Meek’s sentence came after he was arrested twice this year — once for assault in St. Louis and once for reckless driving in New York. Though both charges were dropped, the judge said the arrests alone were violations of his probation.
Meek’s camp has said it will appeal the judge’s sentence.