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Michael Rubin and Meek Mill's REFORM Alliance Achieve A Huge Accomplishment


Meek Mill and The REFORM Alliance finally achieved another legislative milestone. The REFORM Alliance and Meek Mill in collaboration with Justice Forward VA, Faith and Freedom, and the American Conservation Union surprised Virginia with their new law. Along with the enactment of HB 2038, the state’s probation population will be reduced significantly, recidivism curbed, wasteful spending decreased, and supervision will become more effective and efficient, all while increasing community safety and workforce stability. Meek Mill has been very vocal about criminal justice reform along with other celebrities such as Jay-Z.

You can expect this new law to take effect on July 1, 2021. While limiting adult probation sentences to a maximum of one year for misdemeanor offenses and five-year felonies. Virginia follows behind Michigan and Louisiana and California.

“This legislation is a meaningful step forward toward building better pathways for Virginians stuck in the probation trap and sets a positive example for what can be done in other states across the country,” REFORM CEO Robert Rooks said. “We’re thankful for the support behind HB 2038 that will reunite families, prevent unnecessary incarcerations and give life back to thousands of Virginians.”

“When people directly impacted by probation and our broken criminal justice system, like Meek Mill and others at the REFORM Alliance, get behind those of us fighting to make a difference on these issues, we can create substantive and meaningful change,” said Delegate Don Scott.

“Over the past 12 months, Virginia has done more to reform its criminal justice system than any state in the country, and despite flying under the radar during the General Assembly session, this legislation just might be the centerpiece,” said Brad Haywood, Executive Director of Justice Forward Virginia. “It takes direct aim at mass supervision, which drives mass incarceration in Virginia — 51% of new DOC prison admissions are for probation violations, and nearly 60,000 Virginians are on probation or parole, roughly double the state’s prison population. Delegate Scott shepherded this bill through the legislature masterfully, and we were thrilled to play a role in advocating for its passage.”