NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 23: Shawn "Jay-Z" Carter (L) and Meek Mill attend the launch of The Reform Alliance at John Jay College on January 23, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for The Reform Alliance)

The State Legislature for Michigan has passed a set of laws that were advocated for by Meek Mill and Jay-Z‘s criminal justice reform organisation REFORM Alliance.

On Monday (January 4), three new laws were passed that will significantly reshape the US state’s probation and parole system.Laws SB 1048SB 1050 and SB 1051 will reduce adult felony probation sentences in Michigan from five years to three years, prevent endless extensions on misdemeanour and felony probation terms, limit jail sanctions for technical probation violations and require parole supervision terms to be tailored to a person’s individual risks and needs.

Now that Governor Gretchen Whitmer has signed the bills into law, Michigan, who had the sixth highest rate of probation supervision in the US, is on pace to decrease its overall caseloads by 8.4%.

Meek Mill and Jay-Z teamed up with New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, Philadelphia 76ers partner Michael Rubin, Brooklyn Nets partner Clara Wu Tsai and more to launch REFORM Alliance in January 2019.



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