Fans were shocked and horrified in November when Meek Mill was sentenced to two to four years in prison for violating probation, despite the recommendations of the district attorney and Meek's own probation officer. Though they suggested "no incarceration for technical violations" after charges were dropped regarding arrests from a fight and popping wheelies in NYC, the judge decided that he needed to be punished, saying, "I gave you break after break, and you basically just thumbed your nose at this court." So is Meek still in jail now? You bet.
Three months after being incarcerated in Philly, Meek is still in prison despite public outcry. However, he certainly doesn't expect to stay there for the full two to four year sentence. NBA star James Harden actually visited him after the holidays, and told fans on Snapchat that he "got a chance to see my bro Meek Mill today. His spirit is high and hopefully we can get him out by February." He also said that Meek plans to drop some fire music when he gets out.
Meek's lawyers say that the judge has a weird obsession with Meek, which is why she's treating him so harshly. "(Meek's) frustrated, really frustrated and knows he's being treated different than anyone else," said his attorney Joe Tacopina to CNN. "If his name was John Smith, he wouldn't be in jail and he certainly wouldn't be on probation. He's been on probation for nearly 10 years. Nobody goes on probation for 10 years." The probation stems from gun and drug charges when Meek was just a teenager.
Fans have begun a Change.Org petition to demand that meek be set free. The petition aims "ask that the Board of Pardons closely review Meek’s application for Pardon and have his unjust prison sentence remedied." So far over 400k people have signed, and many celebrities have promoted it. "Sign the petition to overturn the blatant injustice on @Change #Justice4Meek http://Justice4Meek.com ✊🏽✊🏽✊🏽✊🏽We wit u young King. Stay Up. This too shall pass," tweeted T.I.
JAY-Z, who has Meek signed to his label, also made his position clear: "The sentence handed down by the judge, against the recommendation of the assistant district attorney and probation officer, is unjust and heavy-handed," said the Roc Nation CEO to CNN. "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."
Even Meek's sworn enemy Drake agreed that he shouldn't be in jail, and gave him a shout-out on his new track "Family Feud" with Lil Wayne. "We gon' have to break the billi' curse. I need my paper long like "A Milli" verse. Or too long like a sentence from a Philly judge. F--k is the point in all the beefin' when we really blood?" he sang. Hopefully the rapper will be set free soon!