After five months behind bars, Meek Mill is set for immediate release on Tuesday (April 24), reports TMZ.
The rapper’s case has been an on-going issue, many claiming this is a prime example of our country’s corrupt justice system. In November of 2017, Meek was found in violation of his parole and sentenced to two-four years in a Pennsylvania state prison. This sentence sparked outrage, seeing as the initial case in which probation was filed happened nearly a decade ago.
Months of protesting and #FreeMeek hashtags have been used to get Meek’s case back in the hands of a judge in hopes of overturning the conviction. Just last week, a judge denied Meek bail and set another hearing for 60 days later. This unrealistic ruling was heard by many, including the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. The justices ultimately granted Meek freedom without bail and expect to see him back in court in about 60 days where his conviction may be dismissed altogether.
Meek told TMZ, “I’d like to thank God, my family, my friends, my attorneys, my team at Roc Nation including JAY-Z, Desiree Perez, my good friend Michael Rubin, my fans, The Pennsylvania Supreme Court and all my public advocates for their love, support and encouragement during this difficult time,” he added. “To the Philadelphia District Attorney’s office, I’m grateful for your commitment to justice – not only for my case, but for others that have been wrongfully jailed due to police misconduct. Although I’m blessed to have the resources to fight this unjust situation, I understand that many people of color across the country don’t have that luxury and I plan to use my platform to shine a light on those issues. In the meantime, I plan to work closely with my legal team to overturn this unwarranted conviction and look forward to reuniting with my family and resuming my music career.”
Fans have been blowing up social media over the announcement, including friend and fellow Philadelphia native, Kevin Hart.
Happy Meek Mill day. My man has been released!!!
— Iseunife The First (@Shawnife_) April 24, 2018
Yo MEEK MILL is being RELEASED!!! 🔥✊🏽 LETS GO!!!!
— Khalil Underwood (@RealKhalilU) April 24, 2018