Ron DeSantis SIGNS IT – It’s Finally Law
(USNewsMag.com) – Rappers Jay Z and Meek Mill have fought for probation reform for years. The men teamed up with Governor Ron DeSantis (R-FL) to make a big change in the Sunshine State. Last month, their work finally paid off.
DeSantis signed a number of bills in June but not all of them got a lot of attention. One of them was SB 752 which will transform the probation system for people who have been charged with low-level crimes. The law was officially signed on June 3. Those convicted of “certain misdemeanor” offenses will have shortened probation periods and owe fewer monthly fees.
According to Axios, the new law will help 150,000 Floridians exit the criminal justice system in the next five years.
Florida @GovRonDeSantis is collaborating with @MeekMill, Jay-Z, and AV Co-Founder Laura Arnold to reform the state’s probation system. These reforms will shorten time on supervision, help direct people into the workforce, and allow for remote reporting https://t.co/l9JbNVrgby 1/
— Arnold Ventures (@Arnold_Ventures) July 13, 2022
The topic of probation reform is especially important to Meek Mill, whose real name is Robert Rihmeek Williams. The rapper spent 12 years in the criminal justice system for a crime he committed when he was 19 years old. He spent almost his entire adult life on probation, even as he skyrocketed to fame. It came to a head in 2017, when he was sentenced to 2 to 4 years in Pennsylvania state prison after he violated probation in New York by riding a dirt bike and allegedly got into a fight in St. Louis. He spent months behind bars while Jay-Z and others fought to get him out of jail. His case finally concluded in 2019.
Since then, Meek Mill has fought for reforms. DeSantis’ decision to sign the bill makes Florida the latest state to implement changes to make people’s lives better.
Do you think the Florida governor did the right thing?
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