Meek Mill gave five women the gift of reuniting with their families this Christmas. The Philly artist posted bail for 20 women incarcerated at Riverside Correctional Facility through the Reform Alliance Foundation.
Philly Voice said the remaining 15 women would be released in the coming week. Meek took the blessings a step further by giving the women gift cards to purchase presents for their loved ones.
“It was devastating for me to be away from my son during the holidays when I was incarcerated,” Meek Mill said in a news release.
“So I understand what these women and their families are going through,” he said. “No one should have to spend the holidays in jail simply because they can’t afford bail. I’m grateful for the opportunity to help these women be with their families and loved ones during this special time of year.”
Meek Mill has heavily involved himself in prison reform after his decadelong legal trouble with probation violations. Reform Alliance, founded in 2018 with former Philadelphia 76ers owner Michael Rubin and Jay-Z, focuses on changing parole and probation regulations.
“A justice system that holds people accountable and redirects them back to work and well-being leads to stronger families and safer communities,” its website reads. “Instead of keeping people trapped in a revolving door from probation/parole to prison, which costs taxpayers billions of dollars, we’re working to move people from the justice system into stability.”
Since its start, Reform Alliance has assisted in passing 16 bills to change 10 states’ parole systems.
According to Complex, last Christmas, Meek Mill partnered with Michael Rubin, New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft and Roc Nation to gift families with MacBooks, bikes, video games, board games and more, approximately valued at $500,000.