"Meek is excited to be reunited with his family, and we, along with Meek, intend to continue to shine the light on a justice system in need of reform to prevent any other citizen from being put through what Meek has endured".
Rapper T.I. celebrated pal Meek Mill's release from jail on Tuesday, April 24 by calling him and posting their chat online. His release was ordered by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court following questions about the credibility of his arresting officer. He's arrived at the Philadelphia 76ers' game against the Miami Heat-the rapper's first Instagram post since his release was a shout out to the Sixers.
The sentence was for violating his probation related to gun and drug-related convictions in 2007.
Jay has been an outspoken supporter since the rap star was first locked up, and in November, he wrote a piece for the New York Times, in which he attacked the US justice system and accused lawmakers of picking on black people. He referred to his jail time as a "nightmare" and said he wouldn't have survived those five months if it had not been for the prayers and visits he got.
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.
"Though I am blessed to have the assets to struggle this unjust scenario, I perceive that many individuals of color throughout the nation do not have that luxurious and I plan to make use of my platform to shine a light-weight on these points", Mill mentioned.
Meek also issued a statement of his own, expressing his gratitude for the love he received while in prison. Mill was courtside as the 76ers defeated the Heat to move on to the second round of the National Basketball Association playoffs, and was given the honor of ringing the ceremonial Liberty Bell prior to tipoff.
Mill's sentencing in November for violating his probation prompted waves of protest from his fans in Philadelphia and drew support from celebrities who argued he had become just another example of how the criminal justice system in the US unfairly targets black people.