REFORM Alliance Continues Its Push For Criminal Justice 5 Years After #FreeMeek Movement

There are about four million people on probation or parole in the United States, but every five and half minutes, one of those people is sent back to prison for technical violations. In 2017, rapper Meek Mill, whose real name is Robert Rihmeek Williams, became the face of one of the most high-profile cases of technical parole violations when he was arrested after popping a wheelie on a dirt bike in New York City. The #FreeMeek movement became a cultural phenomenon backed by industry heavy-hitters. 

In 2019, the recording artist joined together with a group of philanthropists and activists to create REFORM Alliance, a nonprofit organization that challenges systemic incarceration practices including probation and parole, which they see as a revolving door back to prison. Since its inception, the organization has been responsible for effectively advocating on behalf of formerly incarcerated people, lobbying for the passage of legislation such as California’s AB1950, CARES Act and First Step Act among others. 

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