It’s been 24-hours since Meek Mill has checked into prison to begin his controversial two to four-year sentence for violating his probation, according to TMZ. His mugshot was taken on Wednesday morning (November 8) and the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections say he’s currently being processed.
The rapper’s probation comes from a 2008 drug and gun conviction that resulted in eight months of jail time. After serving, the “Amen” rapper’s probation was extended to six years after he left his home state for a performance without the judge’s consent.
Though the location of where the rapper will be serving his time out has not been revealed, something new has surfaced. Since Common Pleas Judge Genece Brinkley handed down the harsh sentence on Monday (November 6), the world of hip-hop has been in an uproar. Due to what some feel was an unjust sentence, a petition has been started calling for Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf to reevaluate Meek’s prison sentence, which was handed down after he violated probation for a charge that was already dropped.
The petition reiterates JAY-Z’s comments, stating he felt Meek’s punishment is harsh, unjust, and outrageous anyone would be on probation for that period of time. It also highlights the positive contributions the MMG rapper has made to his community.
“In regards to the harsh, undeserving sentencing of Robert Rihmeek Williams (Meek Mill), I felt the need to create a petition to reevaluate the charges, his impact in the community and the subsequent sentencing,” reads one part of the petition description. “More than just a celebrity or rapper, Meek Mill has been a powerful voice in the community for our youth.”
The petition was created to draw attention to the large number of people who believe Meek’s sentence to be overly harsh. It will also raise attention to the overwhelming amount of racial inequities occurring within the justice system.
After being up for less than two days, the petition already has over 30,000 signatures. You can sign the petition on Change.org.