Meek Mill Talks Criminal Justice Reform With NBC’s Lester Holt [VIDEO]
WATCH: Rapper Meek Mill was jailed for violating probation in a case that has received national attention and calls for criminal justice reform.
He speaks out to @LesterHoltNBC in an @NBCNews exclusive. pic.twitter.com/kYwScGEvsv
— NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt (@NBCNightlyNews) April 12, 2018
On Thursday (April 12), NBC Nightly News host Lester Holt interviewed Mill over the phone where he allowed the rapper to discuss how his arrest on drug and weapon charges a decade ago continues to impede his life.
"It was always a thought in the back of my mind that 10 years of probation would bring me back to prison because a technical violation is police contact," he told Holt. “Like, police contact you don't have to be charged with a crime. you don't have to be found guilty of a crime; you can be sentenced to what you were sentenced for like – what I was facing.”
“[Judge Genece E. Brinkley] said I was facing five to 10 years,” he continued. “So, if I was stopped by the police for jaywalking, legally she has the right to give me five to 10 years."
Holt also spoke with Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner, who has supported Mill’s release from prison. Krasner admitted that there’s a troubling disparity between blacks and whites who get caught up in the judicial system.
"Across the board, African-Americans are ending up with worse sentences over and over than white people, even if you control for the type of offense," he said.
Mill doesn’t want his fans to feel pity for him. He believes that God is using him as vessel to highlight the ongoing problems with the criminal justice system. He hopes his plight will help keep other young black men from heading in the same path.
"I think God delivered me a job to help people, helping minorities that come from these situations like myself," he said. "I say don't show me no pity because this is my life. This is what I've been going through and I think God put me in this position to be able to do a show with Lester Holt and open up eyes for other young black men."
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