Meek Mill & JAY-Z's REFORM Alliance Facilitates Prison Reform in Michigan

Mahlik Campbell

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All too often across American history and especially in the Black Lives Matter era have we seen celebrities and brands make promises to enact change but fall short of delivering actual results.

Save for JAY-Z, Meek Mill, Philadelphia 76ers owner Michael Rubin and others within the REFORM Alliance. They're continuing to set an example, this time supporting the passing of several bills in the Michigan legislature that will change the state's probation and parole practices.

The new laws signed by Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer, who also goes by "Big Gretch," are titled SB 1048SB 1050 and SB 1051. (SB is short for Senate Bill but Nike Skateboarding is cool, too.) 

What's gonna be different? Overall, the reform items will reduce adult probation sentences from five years to three, prevent endless extensions on misdemeanor and felony probation terms, limit jail sanctions for technical probation violations, and require parole supervision terms to be tailored to a person’s individualized needs.

Considering this is the second probation-related update REFORM has helped pass – the first coming in October in Calfornia – since its founding nearly two years ago, its leaders are due for a celebration.

Living life: Meek and Rubin have been enjoying a Bahamas vacation together, with the Philly rapper cruising the open seas on a superyacht and sharpening his tennis swing.

This is what Rubin had to say about the legal happenings: "It’s encouraging to watch bipartisan leaders from different states recognize the need for fair and rational legislation focused on creating second chances for those in the criminal justice system.

"We’re incredibly thankful for Governor Whitmer for signing these bills into law and for the coalition of groups that supported us throughout this process. This is a tremendous victory for REFORM and a strong way to start 2021."