On Thursday June 10, Meek Mill signed a new probation reform law with Virginia Governor Ralph Northam.
The bill will reportedly introduce judicial restrictions on suspended sentences in Virginia. It won the support of the rapper who became a criminal justice attorney after being charged with a 12-year misdemeanor trial that resulted in both jail and parole.
"I have the resources and am able to help better," Meek Mill said at a press conference Thursday, according to CBS News. "I'll make sure I can deliver and close every bridge I can to fix the system because I was affected."
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The bill, which comes into effect July 1, limits the amount of "active detention" a court can impose for parole violations. It requires the courts to "measure each period of suspension of the sentence from the date on which the original sentence was recorded" and limits the monitored probation period to a maximum of five years for felony charges and one year for misdemeanors.
Virginia was one of only seven states remaining with no information on how many people could be jailed for minor violations or length of active surveillance.
"Our criminal justice system has been unfair for far too long," Northam said during the press conference. "Too many crimes result in long prison sentences that outweigh the gravity of the crime and have resulted in far too many people – especially too many colored people – in our prisons and prisons."
Meek was arrested in 2007 for gun and drug offenses. In 2017, he was jailed for five months for parole violations. In 2018, he was awarded bail and retried. A year later, his case was dropped with all charges dropped.