A year after being arrested for riding a dirt bike in New York City (August 2017), Meek Mill returned to The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (Sept. 4) to share his newfound life purpose. The Philadelphia native shared his plans to help free unlawfully convicted prisoners and reform the criminal justice system.
“People like myself we actually get the bad end of the stick,” he said. “Not saying that we shouldn’t be punished for criminal activity or you should not go to jail if you commit a crime, but probation was designed for one to help better themselves.” Meek also revealed that his probation got extended from 10 to 16 years, meaning he’ll be off probation in 2023.
In August 2017, after Meek wrapped up his appearance on Fallon’s daily late-night talk show, he was arrested for “recklessly” riding a dirt bike and for “popping wheelies.” The NYPD arrest led to a series of court appearances where the “Amen” rapper was sentenced to two to four years for violating his probation.
“I come from a neighborhood where young black males lose their life on a daily basis. Families lose their lives or are broken up because of the system,” he said. “Mothers and fathers and kids are raised around addicts. We made it through all of that and just to have the support of the people. Like when I was in jail I watched the news and seen people rallying around and supporting my incarceration. I’ve been going to jail for a traffic ticket. I left this show, popped a wheelie and I was in jail since.”
Watch Meek’s full interview above and his performance of “Dangerous” featuring PnB Rock and Jeremih below.