Robert Rahmeek Williams, aka Meek Mill, was sentenced to two to four years in prison for a technical probation violation in 2017. His original sentence was just two years — and that was back in 2008.
"The time he served because of technical violations greatly extended the amount of time he would have served," said state Sen. Sharif Street (D-District 3). "When we have high-profile cases that draw our attention to circumstances that should not apply to any Pennsylvanian, it's up to us to address those circumstances."
Currently, practices within the parole system vary between counties, resulting in extended sentences for minor violations, including any contact with police or non-payment of fines.
"While the criminal population is decreasing, the number of those on probation and parole is increasing as we speak," noted state Sen. Anthony Williams (D-District 8). "We no longer want to re-incarcerate someone through probation and parole."
The group will be led by CNN commentator, author and lawyer Van Jones.
Williams noted that while there is no joint bill in the House, he believes there is political will to pass the bill.