Rapper Meek Mill has been released from prison.
According to CNN, after spending five months in prison for violating his parole, the Philadelphia rapper was on Tuesday released. Following his release, he made his way to a 76ers basketball playoff game. In what has been a controversial case since his sentencing for violating his parole, The Philadelphia Supreme court intervened by ordering Mill to be released immediately on unsecured bail.
“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. While the past five months have been a nightmare, the prayers, visits, calls, letters, and rallies have helped me stay positive," shared Mill in an official statement about his sudden release from prison.
Back in November, the rapper received a sentencing ordering him to spend at least two years, but no more than four years in prison. The sentence came after Mill was involved in a fight and arrested, which was a violation of his probation from a 2008 gun and drug case. Judge Genece Brinkley, who claims a failed drug test and Mill’s noncompliance with a court order restricting his travel contributed to her decision, ordered his sentence.
To the Philly District Attorney’s office, I’m grateful for your commitment to justice. 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.— Meek Mill (@MeekMill) April 24, 2018
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.— Meek Mill (@MeekMill) April 24, 2018
It wasn’t long before his case caused public outrage by the criminal justice reform activist. The rapper received support from them, as well as a number of high profile athletes and artists. All of the outrage gained the attention of the Philadelphia District Attorney's office, which recently recommended a new trial for Mill. Initially, the request for bail was denied which is why the Philadelphia Supreme Court got involved.
Although he is out of prison, rapper Meek Mill is not free and clear. A new trial date will be set and he still has a fight ahead of him. However, at least he can fight it outside of prison while he gets the opportunity to work on his music. He expressed his gratitude on social media shortly after his release to those who have supported him, especially the Philadelphia District Attorney's office.