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    Meek Mill and Governor Pritzker Reform Law and What It Means

    Meek Mill and Governor Pritzker, are making change in Chicago.

    The artist turned philanthropist and Governor signed a new law taking effect on January 1st of 2024.

    It addresses issues around 100,000’s of people on probation, parole, or mandatory supervised release. The goal of the law renders the amount of returns to jail, saving taxpayers pockets as well. In Illinois many detainee’s return to prison within three years. Some due to non-criminal technical violations, such as missing a meeting with a probation officer.

    “It’s a milestone in my life. When I started making music, I was just trying to make it out of the ghetto,” stated Mill’s. “But to be able to be part of something that changes bills and laws, that actually effects me and my people, it’s my legacy. Before all I had was music and I helped inspire a lot of people, get them through a lot of times. But now, I have something real that I actually can say I do besides get my momma out the hood. I help change laws and get people out of prison that don’t belong in prison,” Meek Mill said.

    According to the Illinois.gov website, the new, evidence-based provisions will create a more transparent supervision system that will lower recidivism. As well as, support communities, and reduce supervisor caseloads to better serve the individuals most at risk while still holding individuals responsible.

    According to, Illinois Senate President Pro Tem Bill Cunningham, (D-Chicago, “This is an important modernization effort that will encourage job training and education.” Helping those who have served their time can reenter society with a plan that will help them be successful. “The law brings more transparency to the system, allowing offenders to have clear rules on the correct steps to take for parole and mandatory supervised release.”

    Meek Mill and Pritzker signed the new bill at the North Lawndale Employment Network.

    The facility opened their new workforce development campus, social enterprise production room and offices, and the Beelove Café in August 2021.
    According to Brenda Palms, NLEN President and CEO, “It’s easy for us to think about locking people up. Palms continued, “but the reality is 90 percent of the people locked up will be released.” “This bill will help elevate the importance of clearly defining how we reintegrate people back into society.” Furthermore, it’s “something the North Lawndale Employment Network has been working on for 15 years. By signing this bill, the governor is telling us we can begin the process immediately. By keeping people who have made mistakes with their families and their communities, we are creating a chance for everyone to benefit.”

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