Rapper Meek Mill has spoken out from behind prison bars to claim he feels let down over the ‘strict probation terms that sent him there.’
In a phone interview with NBC Nightly News, the incarcerated hip-hop star opened up about how he’d been ‘set up to fail’ by the judicial system, as something as simple as a jaywalking ticket could have claimed his freedom over a ten year period.
Mill was locked up in November last year for violating the terms of his probation for gun and drug charge convictions.
“I wouldn’t have believed that I would be on probation this long,” he told presenter Lester Holt.
“They gave me ten years for probation and I know, almost sure in, in my mind, this will bring me back to prison.
“It was always in the back of my mind that ten years of probation would bring me back to prison because a technical violation is police contact. Like, police contact, you don’t have to be charged with a crime, you don’t have to be found guilty of a crime; you can be sentenced to what you were sentenced for, like – what I was facing,” said Mill.
He explained: “So if I was stopped for the police for jaywalking legally [a judge] would have the right to give me five to ten years.”
Mill, who was previously engaged to Nicki Minaj , was sentenced to two to four years in prison for violating his probation in November 2017.
A Philadelphia judge, Genece E. Brinkley, cited a failed drug test and unapproved travel, stemming from a 2008 gun and drug case.
Brinkley said she had given Nicki Minaj’s ex multiple chances but he hasn’t complied. According to evidence from probation officers, the rapper tested positive for narcotics numerous times.
The sentence was unexpected as prosecutors recommended the star not be imprisoned for the probation violations, mentioning he was drug-free since January and complied with most requirements of probation.
Meek – born Robert Rihmeek Williams – was arrested in March 2017 at St. Louis International Airport and charged with misdemeanor assault after an altercation with two airport employees.
In August, he was stopped for reckless endangerment while driving his motorcycle in New York City. Both cases were dropped after he agreed to fulfill community service requirements.
Brinkley has worked with the rapper since nearly a decade ago, when the rapper was convicted and jailed for eight months and later placed on probation in 2008 for gun and drug charges.
In 2016, he was placed under house arrest for 90 days after violating travel restrictions.
He wrote:on Facebook : “The sentence handed down by the judge – against the recommendation of the Assistant District Attorney and Probation Officer – is unjust and heavy handed.
“We will always stand by and support Meek Mill, both as he attempts to right this wrongful sentence and then in returning to his musical career.”