We are REFORM #FightDifferent
“I’d like to thank the Pennsylvania Superior Court judges for their wisdom and transparency in reviewing my case, unanimously overturning my conviction and granting me a new trial. The past 11 years have been mentally and emotionally challenging, but I’m ecstatic that justice prevailed. This positive outcome wouldn’t have been possible without the support of my family, my attorneys, JAY-Z, Desiree Perez, Michael Rubin, the Philadelphia District Attorney’s office and my supporters who have stood with me through the ups and downs. Unfortunately, millions of people are dealing with similar issues in our country and don’t have the resources to fight back like I did. We need to continue supporting them. I’m committed to working with my team at the REFORM Alliance to change these outdated laws and fix our broken criminal justice system.” - @MeekMill #FreeMeek #FightDifferent #REFORM
Leading the way to change a broken system. #REFORM #FightDifferent
Welcome Laura Arnold as a founding partner to the REFORM Alliance. We are beyond appreciative of not only her financial contribution but also, more importantly, her experience, intellectual horsepower, and unwavering commitment to this critical issue. #fightdifferent
@MeekMill’s legal journey took another step today, as his lawyers & the Philadelphia DA’s Office told a panel of Superior Court judges that they believe Meek deserves a new trial for a 2008 conviction due to credibility issues with his arresting officer. 📷: @phillyinquirer
"Citizens don't benefit from putting a scarlet letter on someone for committing a crime." - John Wetzel, Pennsylvania Secretary of Corrections. #REFORM
The look of a Returning Citizen who is determined to make a difference. @dawudbeyd4s #stillnotfree #ReformPA #HB1555
Technical violations as simple as missing curfew are sending good people back to prison — this is not justice. #ReformPA now. #HB1555
Raising our hands high today as as 40 million criminal convictions are sealed thanks to the Pennsylvania Clean Slate law. Next up, the Smart Probation and Parole Act #HB1555. #FightDifferent
The current total of women in corrections is 1 million. Something must be done. #REFORM now.
“We saw firsthand over-sentencing, unfair probation... To see people putting energy into reform and making it a little closer to what's fair — it's an important movement we should all support.” - Nipsey Hussle -- Reform was crucial to @nipseyhussle — it should be to you, too. RIP. #REFORM
It’s preventing access to employment, housing, education, and job skill development. This must change. #FightDifferent #Reform
"We have to understand that the way you think of human dignity is not being reflected in our criminal justice system. It’s just not.” - Arthur Rizer — Arthur Rizer — Author, attorney, veteran, and Director of Criminal Justice and Civil Liberties at R Street Institute — is testifying next week at a Pennsylvania Senate Hearing on Probation and Parole on behalf of @REFORM. #REFORMPA
“The moment you get in it’s hard to get out and the harder you try to get out, the more it pulls you back in.” @jordanaharris is one of the lead sponsors of the #HB1555 bill. #ReformPA
Last week #ReformPA led a coalition to the Pennsylvania State Capitol to push for support of the Smart Probation and Parole Act #HB1555 - and we are just getting started!
The Smart Probation and Parole Act will take 15 days off of probation sentences for every 30 days completed without a violation. Let's break the revolving door. #ReformPA now. #HB1555
Pennsylvania, you deserve better. We are here to make sure you get it. Support the Smart Probation and Parole Act (HB1555). Sign up to join the movement, link in bio. #ReformPA #HB1555
The Smart Probation & Parole Act (HB1555) has officially landed at the Pennsylvania State House. Let’s go. Link in bio to learn more. #ReformPA
Reform isn't just necessary; with this many lives at stake, it's imperative. #ReformPA #fightdifferent
BREAKING: Philadelphia's District Attorney has filed an appeal with the Pennsylvania Superior Court requesting a new trial with a new judge for @MeekMill
Did you know Pennsylvania has the 3rd highest percentage of people on probation and parole in the country? We’re about to change that. #REFORMPA #FightDifferent.
Last week we officially started building the #ReformPA army!!! We’re just getting started, and we’ll need all the help we can get. Stay tuned for updates on what you can do to change the broken probation and parole system in Pennsylvania. Let’s do this!! #fightdifferent
Why are we ripping parents away from their children when they haven’t committed crimes? There’s NO reason kids should lose their moms and dads to prison for small mistakes like being late to a meeting – but that’s what’s happening right now in America. We need #REFORM. #FightDifferent
When people think about the criminal justice system, they think about people going to jail and then getting out. But the reality isn’t that simple. Most of the time, people are still trapped in a system of probation and parole that can drag on for years. It’s time to end the cycle and truly give people their freedom back. #REFORM
It’s clearer than ever that a disproportionate number of people of color are treated unfairly by a broken criminal justice system. It’s devastating to those affected, including their family and even community. Children grow up without parents and are then more likely to slip through the cracks themselves. We as a society need to do better. #FightDifferent #REFORM
75% of Americans on probation or parole are low level defendants (people charged with non-violent offenses). These people need help getting on the right path, not the constant threat of being in violation and sent to prison. It's time to reform the criminal justice system so it does what it's supposed to do: create a more just society. #FightDifferent
We need to rethink our criminal justice system. The current focus is on punishment, not justice or rehabilitation. Is that the kind of system a society can thrive in? If we want to see a better society, we need to help EVERYONE and that means providing the tools and resources people need to succeed, not trap them in a never-ending cycle of retaliation. #REFORM #FightDifferent
80% of the women jailed each year are mothers. We need to remember that people in prison are PEOPLE. When a mother goes to jail, a father, a son, a daughter-- families suffer. Entire communities suffer. This is why we need criminal justice reform and give families, especially those in underserved communities, a fighting chance to thrive and flourish. #REFORM #FightDifferent
Thank you NYC! Prohibiting marijuana testing as a requirement of the hiring process and for people on probation in New York City is huge! It’s a win for racial justice, individual liberty, and is an effective way to reduce recidivism rates. As the New York State Health Department’s report on marijuana legalization stated, “One of the biggest drivers of racial disparities in criminalization and incarceration rates is marijuana.” #REFORM #FightDifferent
The United States has only 5% of the world’s population, but has nearly 25% of the world’s prisoners. Something clearly has to change. Both political parties to got us into this mess, and it’s going to take both political parties to get us out. Let’s work together to reform bad laws and put the people first. #REFORM #FightDifferent ✊🏽
Great day announcing plans to introduce a bipartisan probation and parole reform bill in Pennsylvania!! This proposed legislation would help put people on probation and parole in positions to succeed - not wind up back in prison perpetuating an ongoing cycle of incarceration. We can’t wait to win this fight. #FightDifferent #ReformPA
Did you know Pennsylvania has the 3rd highest rate of community supervision in the U.S.? The Pennsylvania probation and parole system needs #REFORM. We’re making a major announcement today at 3pm - follow on social or join us in person at the Philadelphia Municipal Services building!! #ReformPA
@MeekMill, @MichaelRubin, and @VanJones68 from @REFORM are joining advocacy groups and elected officials to announce legislation aimed at reforming the Pennsylvania probation and parole system!! Join us at 3pm - in person at the Philadelphia Municipal Services Building or follow live on social!! #ReformPA #FightDifferent
March 25, 2019 was declared Meek Mill Day in ATL!! The city also recognized @meekmill with Atlanta’s highest honor, a Phoenix Award, for his work fighting to fix our broken justice system. We’ve got a lot of work to do, and we’re proud to be doing it alongside this incredible man. #REFORM #FightDifferent
It's time to #REFORM this broken criminal justice system. #FightDifferent
“Together, we will demand stronger prison rehabilitation programs, updated probation policies — including shortened probationary periods — an improved bail system and balanced sentencing structures.” . - @MeekMill #REFORM #FightDifferent
“People instinctively believed too much supervision is not enough. But it turns out too much supervision is too much.. It does tremendous harm, and it costs a fortune." . We applaud Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner for his innovation on probation and parole policy at a city level. This policy will drastically reduce the number of people stuck in the criminal justice system, encourage employment, and increase public safety. Way to #FightDifferent!
This week, REFORM CEO @vanjones68 and @govnedlamont met with other state officials for a roundtable discussion on criminal justice reform in Connecticut, and how much further the state still needs to go. . Officials sat down with people on probation and parole and formerly incarcerated people to hear about the roadblocks and realities they face after being released, and why people deserve a second chance to turn their lives around. . "When people are trying to turn their lives around, we should throw them a lifeline, not an anvil. They think they're going to be able to come home and do well, and they find doors closed in their faces. And the only door that opens is the door back to prison, and that's wrong." - @vanjones68 . One thing is clear: our broken criminal justice system is not helping people and that's why we need #REFORM.
"To snatch a child away from their parents for something minor, that is wrong.. You are messing with that kid’s life forever. When you have children, whose parents are taken away from them, you better have a damn good reason for doing that.” - @VanJones68 #REFORM #FightDifferent
MATTHEW CHARLES DESERVES A SECOND CHANCE. #MatthewCharles was the first man to come home because of the #FirstStepAct. He’s trying to find an apartment and keeps getting rejected by landlords because of his record, despite @kimkardashian offering to pay his rent in advance. Let’s help Matthew. This is just one example of the trap door our criminal justice system creates when people are trying to rebuild. If we can change this for one man, maybe we can change it for more.
“The system causes a vicious cycle, feeding upon itself — sons and daughters grow up with their parents in and out of prison, and then become far more likely to become tied up in the arrest-jail-probation cycle. This is bad for families and our society as a whole.” - @meekmill #REFORM #FightDifferent
For #InternationalWomensDay, let's take a moment to celebrate the incredible women championing criminal justice #REFORM. Tell us about the inspiring women in your life who are fighting for freedom!