Rapper Meek Mill paid 20 women’s Bail so they could spend Christmas at home, according to the REFORM Alliance, a group he and Jay-Z founded in 2019. According to a REFORM Alliance Instagram post, the women were detained at Philadelphia’s Riverside Correctional Facility because they couldn’t afford Bail.
According to the NGO, 15 more women will be released in the upcoming week after five ladies were released on Saturday. A gift card “to buy groceries or gifts for the holidays” will also be given to each woman.
Meek Mill claimed that his own experiences with the criminal justice system served as inspiration for his contribution. In another Instagram post from the REFORM Alliance, the rapper stated, “I understand what these ladies and their families are going through. Being away from my son during the holidays was horrible while I was incarcerated.”
Meek Mill continued that the holidays can be challenging for families affected by the criminal justice system. “If we can do something about it, nobody should have to spend the holidays in jail just because they can’t afford Bail, and no child should be without their parents during this time. I appreciate the chance to enable these women to spend this particular time of year with their families and loved ones.
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The REFORM Alliance was established in 2019 by Meek Mill and a group of prominent business and sports figures. According to its website, the organization “aims to revolutionize probation and parole by transforming laws, institutions, and culture to establish true pathways to employment and wellbeing.”
The native of Philadelphia has been a vociferous supporter of criminal justice reforms. After he was given a two- to a four-year prison term in 2017 for violating his parole, an explosive social media movement known as #FreeMeekMill began. After serving five months in jail for the offense, he was released.
According to information provided by the city of Philadelphia, there were 4,546 individuals jailed in prisons throughout Philadelphia as of November 2022. Women make up about 6.4% of that group.