Since being released from prison earlier this year, Meek Mill has stepped up his efforts to advocate for criminal justice reform. Over the last six to eight months, Meek Mill has made stops at CNN, MSNBC, The New York Times and more to advocate for better criminal justice policies. Along the way, the Philadelphia native noted that he was excited about one piece of legislature in particular, The First Step Act.
The First Step Act is a historic piece of legislature that would allow citizens convicted of nonviolent crimes the ability to earn credit towards an early release if they take proactive steps towards reentering society. These efforts towards reentering society could include learning a trade or obtaining a formal education. Recently, this piece of legislature made its way through the U.S. Senate with an 87-12 approval. Meek Mill celebrated the bill’s Senate approval with a Instagram caption that read, “A lot of over sentenced men and women will come home soon!”
Following the Senate approval, the bill will make its way to the U.S. House of Representatives where it is also expected to pass. If it passes as expected, the bill will seek final approval from Donald Trump. Given the bill’s bipartisan nature, it is likely that he will approve the act with little hesitation, but it’s not out of the realm of possibility that he would hold the bill’s approval up. Only time will tell.