One week after his release from prison has it been announced that Meek Mill will be sharing his journey towards criminal justice reform in a new docuseries.
Following his recent release from a state correctional institution in Chester, Pennsylvania, for probation violation, has it been revealed that Amazon Prime Video is teaming up with Meek for a documentary about his fight for exoneration while highlighting the systemic flaws in America’s criminal justice system.
The six-part docu-series will examine the Philly rapper’s “criminal justice odyssey” while educating the public on the effect his “long tail probation is having on urban communities of color,”. The announcement comes after the 30-year-old rapper was released from prison on April 24 after the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ordered for his immediate release.
The “Dreams and Nightmares” rapper spent five months behind bars for violating probation stemming from a nearly decade-old gun and drug conviction when Meek was just 19. Meek served out five months of a two to four-year prison sentence he was issued back in November.
“I’m grateful for this unique opportunity to share my story and I look forward to collaborating with [Amazon Prime] on this incredible series,” Mill shared in the statement released by Amazon.
“Not only will this documentary give viewers an unprecedented look at my life, but it will also allow me to use my public platform to highlight the need for criminal justice reform.”
According to Amazon Prime Video, each hour-long episode of the series will follow the artist and his team
“as they attempt to uncover the different facets of corruption that kept him under the thumb of Philadelphia’s criminal justice system for over a decade, while revealing his life post-incarceration.”
The series will also examine his younger life and a childhood trauma that “shaped him as an artist,” as well as what the release claims is a “vast conspiracy behind his latest imprisonment.”
One of the show’s executive producers is hip-hop mogul Jay-Z, who has been a vocal advocate on Mill’s behalf since his re-incarceration. The Tidal CEO penned an open letter in defence of Meek for the New York Times back in November.
“Meek was around 19 when he was convicted on charges relating to drug and gun possession, and he served an eight-month sentence,” the rapper wrote. ”
“Now he’s 30, so he has been on probation for basically his entire adult life. For about a decade, he’s been stalked by a system that considers the slightest infraction a justification for locking him back inside.”
“Look at what he’s being punished for now: In March, he was arrested after an altercation in a St. Louis airport. After video of what had actually happened was released, all charges were dropped against Meek. In August, he was arrested for popping a wheelie on a motorcycle on his video set in New York. Those charges were dismissed after he agreed to attend traffic school. Think about that. The charges were either dropped or dismissed, but the judge sent him to prison anyway.”
The docu-series is currently unnamed but is set to premiere on Amazon Prime Video in 2019.
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