Politics Northam signs probation reform bill alongside Meek Mill

00:53  11 june  2021
00:53  11 june  2021 Source:   thehill.com

Meek Mill: Probation overhaul bill signed by Virginia governor with rapper's support

  Meek Mill: Probation overhaul bill signed by Virginia governor with rapper's support Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam signed a probation overhaul bill into law on Thursday, approving the state's latest progressive criminal justice proposal alongside rapper and activist Meek Mill, who backed the legislation. © Governor Ralph Northam/Twitter northam probation reform meek mill Northam, a Democrat, was joined by Mill in Richmond as he signed into law HB 2038, which limits the amount of active incarceration a court can impose as a result of a revocation hearing for a probation violation, according to the bill.

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam signed a probation overhaul bill into law on Thursday, approving the state's latest progressive criminal justice proposal alongside rapper and activist Meek Mill , who backed the legislation.

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Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D) was joined by rapper Meek Mill as he signed legislation to reform parole policies in the state on Wednesday.

Meek Mill smiling for the camera: Northam signs probation reform bill alongside Meek Mill © Getty Images Northam signs probation reform bill alongside Meek Mill

Northam on Wednesday told reporters that the state has "taken important steps forward to reform our criminal justice system," in recent years, including ending the use of the death penalty, legalizing marijuana and more.

"We have done these things because our criminal justice system has been inequitable for far too long. Too many crimes bring lengthy sentences that outweigh the severity of the offense, and that has resulted in far too many people, particularly too many people of color in our prisons and jails," Northam said.

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REFORM Alliance’s Meek Mill and Michael Rubin Applaud GA Governor Signing Probation Reform Bill Into Law. “This is a momentous victory for the citizens of Georgia, considering that their state has more people on probation than any other in the country,” Meek and Rubin said in a press release. “We applaud the legislature’s commitment to addressing this matter and we’ re thrilled that it will enable thousands of Georgians to leave probation and re -enter society in a safe and productive manner.

The decriminalization bill got bipartisan support in both the House of Delegates and the Senate. But some lawmakers had doubts. “We see that other states have done varying degrees of changes in their marijuana policy, and I think in those states, we’ve seen varying degrees of success and unintended consequences and problems that have arisen," said Republican House Minority Leader And while people like its governor Ralph Northam are nowhere near as far to the left as someone like Bernie Sanders, he is much, much more liberal than any other governor the commonwealth had seen before.

"Too many people are in prison not because of the original crime they committed, but because once they were out on probation, did something that caused the court to revoke their probation and send them back to prison," he added.

Northam made the remarks prior to signing legislation known as HB 2038, which limits the length of time a person can be sentenced to probation in some circumstances, in addition to modifying other parole procedures in the state.

"Now, if someone commits another crime on probation or absconds, that's one thing. But too often, these are what are called technical violations, such as missing a meeting with a probation officer or failing to report a change in jobs. That's what lands you back in prison, and that's wrong," Northam said ahead of signing the bill.

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Meek Mill has teamed up with Pennsylvania lawmakers to unveil new legislation that aims to improve the state's parole and probation system. The Philadelphia rapper and activist introduced the bill Tuesday, alongside REFORM Alliance co-chairs Van Jones and Michael Rubin, as well as state representatives Jordan Harris and Sheryl Delozier. The proposed legislation intends to prevent parolees and probationers from getting trapped inside the criminal justice system by reducing probationary periods, establishing incentives for good behavior, and minimizing restrictions for technical probation

Meek Mill , Van Jones and Philadelphia 76ers’ co-owner Michael Rubin, who represent Reform Alliance, proposed a bipartisan bill in Pennsylvania on Tuesday, which seeks to reform the state’s probation and parole system. Joined by Pennsylvanian Democratic and Republican politicians and others, the REFORM Alliance co-chairs Meek and Rubin and CEO Jones introduced their plans at the Philadelphia Municipal Services Building on Tuesday. The proposed legislation would prevent Pennsylvania courts from sentencing someone to consecutive prison sentences or extending

"That's not how our system should be working. Justice must be fair. It must be equitable, and punishment should fit the crime," he added.

Rapper Meek Mill, who has previously been sentenced to prison for violating parole, also spoke at the Wednesday bill signing. The Philadelphia district attorney lifted his probation in 2019.

"I'm a rapper from Philadelphia. I come up from the streets. We grew up dancing on the lines of the law because we come from poverty," Meek Mill said Wednesday, lauding the state legislation.

"I'll make sure I'll be able to deliver and close every bridge I can to help fix the system, because I was affected by that," he added.

The rapper on social media shared images from the bill signing, tweeting thanking Northam for signing the legislation into law.

Ex-FBI agent accused of conning woman out of $800K, telling her she was on 'secret probation' .
The woman was convinced to pay for the retired FBI agent's travel expenses, a house and vehicles after he told her he was supervising her "secret probation," federal authorities said.William Roy Stone Jr., 62, was indicted last week on seven counts of wire fraud and one count each of wire fraud conspiracy, false impersonation of a federal officer, engaging in monetary transactions in property derived from unlawful activity and false statements to law enforcement, according to a release from Prerak Shah, the acting U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Texas.

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