Described by host Lester Holt as "a symbol for criminal justice reform and a viral sensation on social media," Meek Mill appeared on NBC's Nightly News in an unorthodox manner on Thursday night. Speaking to Holt by phone from prison for a segment of the show, he detailed the struggle with the probation system that has seen him put back in prison, and his hopes for the future.
During the short interview, Meek admits that despite having turned his life around following convictions in his youth, "It was always a thought in the back of my mind that ten years of probation would bring me back to prison." And, of course, that turned out to be true, after he was found to be in violation of his parole last year, resulting in a long, complex, and drawn-out legal case that is still ongoing, and has raised numerous questions about the validity of the US probation system.
When talk turned to the future, however, Meek was optimistic. When asked what he would do when released from prison, he said:
I think God deliver me a job or to helping people. Helping minorities that come from these situations like myself. I say "don't show me no pity," because this is my life. This is what I've been going through. And I think God put me in this position to be able to do a show with Lester Holt and open up eyes for other young black men.
Let's hope he gets more opportunities to do that, out of prison, in the very near future.
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