A petition was first started online after Judge Brinkley issued a rather harsh prison sentence on the Philly rapper for violating his probation stemming from a 2008 charge that has since been dropped.
Governor Wolf appears to agree with Jay Z’s rhetoric on the sentence saying Meek’s punishment is harsh and unjust while also shedding light on the positive contributions the MMG rapper has made to his local community.
“In regards to the harsh, undeserving sentencing of Robert Rihmeek Williams (Meek Mill), I felt the need to create a petition to reevaluate the charges, his impact in the community and the subsequent sentencing,” Wolf said in his petition.
“More than just a celebrity or rapper, Meek Mill has been a powerful voice in the community for our youth. He has made positive contributions to many communities and programs, dedicating time and money to the cultivation of our youth and neighborhoods; even through his own adversities. He has continued to be dedicated and shown an immaculate work ethic, even at times when the system tried to prevent him from being able to tour, which is how he makes a living.”
Governor Wolf says he signed the petition in hopes of garnering more attention to the bigger issue of Meek’s sentence being seen as too harsh in a justice system that too often issues harsh sentences on black males.
Wolf’s petition has already received over 25,000 signatures since it’s creation on Monday.