Jailed rapper, Meek Mill has regained his freedom.
After spending nearly five months in jail following a controversial November ruling, Meek Mill, who received a sentence of two to four years in prison for violating probation, was granted bail on Tuesday by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.
“I’d like to thank God, my family, my friends, my attorneys, my team at Roc Nation including JAY-Z, Desiree Perez, my good friend Michael Rubin, my fans, The Pennsylvania Supreme Court and all my public advocates for their love, support and encouragement during this difficult time,” the rapper, whose full name is Robert Rihmeek Williams, wrote in a post on Instagram.
“While the past five months have been a nightmare, the prayers, visits, calls, letters and rallies have helped me stay positive. To the Philadelphia District Attorney’s office, I’m grateful for your commitment to justice — not only for my case, but for others that have been wrongfully jailed due to police misconduct.”
Meek received a two-to-four year prison sentence in November for violating probation on a 2008 gun and drug case.
(He was arrested after being involved in a fight and arrested again for popping wheelies on a dirt bike.) Judge Genece Brinkley cited a failed drug test and the rapper’s noncompliance with a court order restricting his travel in her sentencing order.
Earlier this month, the Philadelphia district attorney’s office recommended a new trial for Meek. But after a judge denied Meek bail, his plea was moved to the state’s Supreme Court.
The case has sparked outrage from criminal justice reform activists. Meek received widespread support from notable artists and athletes, including rappers Jay Z, T.I. and Rick Ross, comedian Kevin Hart and many more.