Rapper speaks about the problems with parole restrictions
Meek Mill has revealed that he once had an opioid addiction but was initially too afraid to seek help out of fear of being sent back to jail.
The Philly rapper was released from jail last month following a campaign which saw many high-profile figures offering support.
Speaking during a press conference in Philadelphia on Thursday (May 3) where he was joined by Pennsylvania governor Tom Wolf, among others, the star spoke about his release and the problems with parole restrictions.
“At one point in my life, I was actually addicted to opioids,” he said. “I think it should be a line drawn where you have a drug problem and you’re scared to tell your probation officer you have a drug problem because you don’t want to be sent to prison for years.”
Thanking his former parole officer for her help in enrolling him into a rehabilitation programme, Meek said: “It actually changed my life”.
He later said: “I’m still overwhelmed. I came from being in prison seven days ago and I’m still overwhelmed… It was a traumatic experience and I’m happy to be back and be a part of what I call history.”
“I feel like God has given me a great platform to help many others and make Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and the world a better place.”
Meek Mill was released from jail on April 24, after a lengthy legal battle spanning months.
The Supreme Court of PA made the decision, overruling the original decision made by Judge Genece Brinkley, who was heavily criticised for sentencing the rapper to a minimum of two years in state prison back in November 2017.
The sentence was for violating his probation related to gun and drug-related convictions in 2007. He was originally arrested for his involvement in a fight at St. Louis airport (the charges were later dropped), and for reckless driving in New York.