Meek Mill Calls Out New York Legislators
Meek Mill wastes no time addressing criminal justice issues. He is committed to update archaic parole practices that disproportionately disadvantage minorities.
Meek took to Twitter to demonstrate support for parole reform in New York.
“I am calling on NYS Legislature to pass the Less is More Act before they leave town next week!” Mill tweeted. “We need meaningful parole reform in NYS now!”
He tagged New York State Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins and Speaker of the New York State Assembly Carl E. Heastie in the post.
Thousands Affect by Current Legislation
According to LessisMoreNY.org, a website dedicated to the bill, there are “approximately 35,000 people under active parole supervision in New York State who at almost any time can see their efforts to successfully rejoin the workforce and reintegrate into their families and their communities disrupted by reincarceration for a technical violation. This not only harms individual lives and families without commensurate public safety gains, but also drives up the population in the state prisons and local jails, wasting taxpayer money.”
What Is LessIsMoreNY?
LessisMoreNY.org, is the site behind the parole legislation. The site explains that this “drives up the population in the state prisons and local jails, wasting taxpayer money.”
After spending time in prison himself, Mill has been a vocal advocate for criminal justice reform in recent years.
Fixing New York’s Parole Problem
Unfortunately, New York imprisons more people for non-criminal technical violations of parole than any state. These offenses include missing an appointment with a parole officer, being late for curfew or testing positive for alcohol or other drugs, the site reports.
The bill will result in parole practices. In fact, the current bill would restrict the use of incarceration for technical violations. It would improve due process, provide speedy hearings and provide earned time credits for people under community supervision.
Meek, Political Leaders’ Advocacy for The Bill
The Less is More bill, which is officially titled Senate Bill S1144, is supported by over 275 community and advocacy groups across the state of New York. Several Democratic members of congress also support passage of the bill. The bill is sponsored by Democratic Senator Brian A. Benjamin.
Big ups to Meek for using his platform to offer relief to minorities entangled in the criminal justice system.