Reverend Al Sharpton is planning to help rapper Meek Mill while he is serving time in a Pennsylvania prison because he did the same thing for Tupac in the 90s.
The civil rights activist is set to visit Mill at Chester State Prison in Philadelphia on Monday after he was jailed last month for up to four years for breaching his parole.
He believes the 30-year-old rapper’s punishment is too severe and wants to pressure authorities into giving Mill a new hearing.
Reverend Al Sharpton is set to visit Mill at Chester State Prison in Philadelphia on Monday after he was jailed last month for up to four years for breaching his parole
Sharpton negotiated with the warden at the Clinton Correctional Facility in New York in the 1990s, which resulted in Tupac being released from solitary confinement.
The activist thinks that experience will assist him in his bid to help Meek, TMZ reports.
Speaking to his National Action Network group in New York on Saturday, Sharpton said a person’s sentence must fit the violation.
He was convicted of drug dealing and gun possession back in 2008.
‘Just because someone does something that is wrong, does not give you the right to do wrong to them,’ Sharpton said.
‘The sentence must fit the violation.’
Sharpton is planning to help rapper Meek Mill while he is serving time in a Pennsylvania prison because he did the same thing for Tupac (above) in the 90s
In sentencing him, Judge Genece E. Brinkley ordered a prison term of two to four years over the long-running case, with eligibility for parole after two years.
Brinkley pointed to violations of parole including scheduling concerts in violation of her orders. He was also arrested after a scuffle in March at the St. Louis airport but charges were dropped
Colin Kaepernick, LeBron James and Jay-Z are among those to publicly speak out in support of Mill saying his situation shows the harsh treatment of blacks by the criminal justice system.
‘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,’ Jay-Z wrote in a New York Times op-ed.
Besides his music, Mill is known for his two-year relationship with leading female rapper Nicki Minaj which ended earlier this year.
Mill, pictured in October, was sentenced earlier this month to two to four years in prison for violating terms of his parole