The REFORM Alliance is celebrating the anniversary of the movement that brought it to life: Meek Mill‘s release from prison. In honor of the five-year anniversary, Meek will participate in the alliance’s National Second Chance Town Hall, where he’ll recap some of his experiences alongside criminal justice reform leaders, who will also take the mic to raise awareness about the challenges people face when reentering society, as well as some solutions.
The organization has also announced the recipients of its National Community Partnership Grant program, which provides grants to nonprofits and organizations working on the frontlines to support those negatively impacted by criminal justice policies and advocate for changing laws at all levels.
The REFORM Alliance was formed following Meek’s high-profile case, which was met with the #FreeMeek and raised awareness of the “often overlooked, broken probation and parole system in the United States,” a press release reads.
“I’ll never forget the day Meek was finally set free from prison, and then came to ring the Bell before the 76ers playoff game,” Michael Rubin, Fanatics CEO and REFORM co-chair, said in a statement. “It was a monumental day, but it was really just the beginning for Meek and his efforts to make sure people don’t go through what he went through and give a voice to the voiceless stuck in an antiquated system. I’m grateful to Meek for his passion and advocacy, and we’ll continue to work tirelessly to help change probation and parole throughout the country.”
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