This man has some big-time friends. Patriots owner Robert Kraft became one of many of those from the world of sports to visit imprisoned rapper Meek Mill in prison in Pennsylvania. Mill was sentenced to 2-4 years in prison after failing a drug test, traveling out of the region, and getting arrested for fighting, all of which violated his parole for a previous charge.
“He’s an amazing young man,” Kraft said outside the State Correctional Institution-Chester, in a video posted by NBC10 in Philadelphia. “I know how I’d feel if I were in the situation he is. He’s very intelligent… I’ve had the pleasure, through [Mill], [of] getting to know him over the last two to three years — maybe even longer. Every time I see him, I just come away more impressed. It makes it clear to me we have to do something with criminal justice reform.”
Despite motions filed on both sides of the case to release Mill from prison on bond, the overseeing judge is standing firm on his decision. Mill has received a number of prominent visitors, including 76ers Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons.
Mill’s is simply another case that highlights the mountain of changes that need to take place in the criminal justice system. While a failed drug test and arrest for fighting certainly shows he may want to take some changes, Mill is certainly not a threat that deserves anywhere near the sentence he was given. These visits are excellent work to draw attention to the situation and, hopefully, lead to change.