Meek Mill and Jay-Z’s REFORM Alliance, a criminal justice reform organization, has helped pass a set of laws in Michigan State regarding the probation and parole system.
These laws were created to help give people another chance. They include probation at the cap of 2 to 3 years depending on the offense and reduce jail time for non-criminal acts, offering alternatives to jail and probations for misdemeanors, and it will help fit each case appropriately to avoid going back to jail.
“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,” Rubin expressed in a statement according to Billboard. “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.”
REFORM CEO Van Jones took to Instagram Live to speak with Jessica Jackson, the Chief Advocacy Officer, about the importance of passing the laws in Michigan. They spoke about those on parole who did not commit a crime and needed parole reformed for a second chance.
“This bipartisan legislation will bring meaningful change and opportunity to thousands of individuals and families across the state of Michigan,” REFORM CEO Van Jones said in a statement. “We thank Governor Whitmer for her fearless commitment and leadership to bolstering her state’s criminal justice system in a fair and balanced way. We look forward to continuing to work with her on impactful reform measures in the future.”
REFORM Alliance was developed to improve communities and reshape the system. It is helping reduce the number of people who are imprisoned or on parole for unjust reasons. Meek Mill advocates for REFORM and takes on the role of Co-Chair. He was unjustly sentenced to two to three years and was the reason this Alliance began. The REFORM Alliance is continuing to grow and change the laws for their people.