Meek Mill will get to enjoy the rest of the holiday season this year, being released from jail late Tuesday afternoon. Rapper Meek Mill, born Robert Williams, was serving a six month stint at Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility in Philadelphia, Pa. due to a probation violation and behavioral concerns while on probation. Fox29’s Steve Keeley first tweeted the news of the rapper’s early release. According to Keeley, Mill completed three jail programs. Maybach Music Group head, Rick Ross, welcomed him home in a tweet at 4:16 pm EST stating “Meek home.”
Fox29 Philly first broke the news this morning that Meek Mill would be released at some point Tuesday. He was sentenced in July for parole violations and efforts for an early release by his attorneys proved unsuccessful. According to sources, Meek Mill’s release is conditional. The rapper will be required to seek treatment. According to Fox29 Philly the treatment he will undergo will be etiquette classes “prescribed” by Judge Genese Brinkley. Brinkley ordered the classes and revoked Mill’s parole due to an outburst he had at his parole office.
Meek Mill violated his parole earlier this year in several ways. Reportedly, he missed his parole meetings with his probation office numerous times. Mill displayed an attitude when he did make the meetings, as well as per Twitter. Noel Ann DeSantis, Philadelphia Assistant District Attorney, said that Mill’s attitude contributed to him going back to jail. According to ADA DeSantis, Meek Mill also was “derogatory” on social media towards the district attorney, the probation department, and the court system as a whole.
Prior to going to jail, Meek Mill was prepping for the release of his highly anticipated sophomore effort, Dreams Worth More Than Money. The album was slated for a September release. The album was pushed back after his incarceration. A new date has not been reported yet but it is expected to be announced soon. The rapper will also have to do community service and is currently under travel restrictions. Lawyers for the rapper argue that since his last drug and gun case, the rapper has established a significant career in rap music and has not been arrested since.
Philadelphians took to Twitter welcoming home the rapper. Comedian Kevin Hart, Kid Cudi, and A$AP Ferg all took to social media in support of Mill’s release. Brinkley has reversed the clock and Mill will have to do another five years on probation though.
Meek Mill filed a lawsuit against the Philadelphia police department this year before his parole was revoked. He lost the suit and was subsequently arrested weeks later. His arrest occurred weeks after he lost the lawsuit and he was seen holding a gun in an Instagram video. As a result, his Sept. 2 release of Dreams Worth More Than Money was pushed back indefinitely.
Label mate, Rick Ross, said that Maybach Music Group would release the album at a future date. Meek Mill’s initial probation came from gun charges back in 2009. He served eight months in jail and received five years of probation. That was reversed when Mill neglected to get prior authorization to book performances outside of the state and did not give his probation officer a functioning telephone number. It has all come back around as Judge Brinkley has reversed the clock on the probation and although Meek Mill has been released from jail, he is still not completely free, having to serve another five years on probation.
By Stevenson Benoit