April 9, 2019

Championships: Meek Mill’s Redemption Journey Since His Release From Prison

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Championships: Meek Mill’s Redemption Journey Since His Release From Prison
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April 24, 2018.

After spending almost five months in prison, Meek Mill was finally released after a Pennsylvania Supreme Court decision ordered his release on bail.

At the time, he was tangled in a battle against Judge Genece E. Brinkley who sent him back to prison despite the recommendation of no jail time from prosecutors. In November 2018, she decided to sentence him to two-to-four years in prison for parole violations.

Those alleged violations being a March 11, 2017 incident where he was arrested at an airport in St. Louis for assault, and August 18, 2017, where NYPD officers arrested him for allegedly poppin’ wheelies in an ATV in New York. Both of those charges were dropped.

After posting bail on April 24, the Philadelphia native made a memorable return to public life as he stepped into a helicopter and arrived at at Wells Fargo Center in time to ring the bell and watch the 76ers win their playoff game against the Miami Heat.

He was still being haunted by an arrest in 2007 on drug and weapons charges. Meek was still paying the price for something that occurred when he was a kid. This time, he knew it was time to make some changes, and help others from becoming another statistic to a broken prison system.

Meek has done a lot since his release almost a year ago. He took a negative, and turned it into multiple positives in a short amount of time.

Months after his release, he appeared on that Summer Jam stage on June 10, 2018, for his first big performance since his release. After arriving in a helicopter, and riding in on an ATV, he began his set with “Dreams & Nightmares” intro as thousands of fans shined the lights from their cell phones in the sky and rapped along to every word.

Below is a timeline of some of the biggest events of the year as he continues to not only bring us enjoyment with his music, but enlighten us with his story of redemption:

July 6, 2018 – Meek Mill Releases Legends of the Summer EP (His first new music release since getting out of prison.)

September 8, 2018 – Meek Mill Squashes Beef w/ Drake

November 30, 2018 – Released his first album since release from prison named Championships

January 23, 2019 – Meek Mill & Jay Z Launch Criminal Justice Reform Organization: REFORM

February 19, 2019 – Meek Mill starts Championships Tour in Miami.

March 11, 2019 – Nipsey Hussle (RIP) Announces Meek Mill Joint Album which was due to be released during the summer.

March 14, 2019 – City Of Philadelphia Officially Celebrates Meek Mill Weekend

March 17, 2019 – First trailer of #FreeMeek six-part docuseries drops.

March 19, 2019 – Connecticut Honors Meek Mill With Key to the State; Declared Meek Mill Day

March 25, 2019 – Atlanta Declares the day Meek Mill Day

Also watch his interview on CNN’s Smirconish earlier this year.