Pennsylvania governor Tom Wolf has given his support to the release of Meek Mill.
The rapper is currently in prison after two arrests were deemed to be a violation of his probation for a 2008 firearms offence. Judge Genece E. Brinkley sentenced him between two to four years in jail in November after he was arrested for his involvement in a fight at St. Louis airport (the charges were later dropped), and for reckless driving in New York.
Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner recently said that he would be “unopposed” to Mill’s release, and now Wolf has joined him in backing that course of action. “I support D.A. Larry Krasner’s position in the case of Robert Williams (Meek Mill),” he tweeted.
But more needs to be done. I am calling on the PA General Assembly to pass the Justice Reinvestment II reforms to the criminal justice system, which help address issues from arrest, trial, sentencing, incarceration, to post-release.
— Governor Tom Wolf (@GovernorTomWolf) March 23, 2018
“Our criminal justice system is in need of repair. That’s why my admin has made efforts to invest in programs that divert individuals from the system, improve public safety and promote fairness.”
He added: “But more needs to be done. I am calling on the PA General Assembly to pass the Justice Reinvestment II reforms to the criminal justice system, which help address issues from arrest, trial, sentencing, incarceration, to post-release.”
Last week, Mill’s lawyers launched a bid to Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court to secure his bail. Legal representatives for the star filed documents on March 19 to request the release of the rapper.
The rapper has constantly challenged the divisive ruling, and received a significant breakthrough last week when prosecutors confirmed they would not block another attempt for bail.