Meek Mill wants to end his solitary confinement tenor and be placed with the general population at the prison he is currently housed.
Attorneys representing the Philly rapper filed legal docs this week requesting that he removed from solitary confinement because it can be detrimental to his mental health. According to his legal team, he is being mistreated because of his celebrity status and that is just not fair, TMZ reported. Officials say his solitary confinement is for his own safety.
Meek Mill is currently placed in solitary confinement for 23 hours a day and officials are saying that its the only way to protect him other inmates who intend to do him harm. But his attorneys are arguing that being in confinement for that amount of time has proven to be detrimental to the human psyche. Lawyers also argued in their legal docs that confinement is affecting his creativity because he has been writing and exercising and this is hindering him from effectively doing both.
As for the argument about his safety from other inmates, Meek’s attorney says that he will be respected being a part of the general prison population because of his celebrity status and past work in his community such as his willingness to give back. Meek Mill was sentenced to 2-4 years in a state prison for violating his probation by getting arrested twice this year. Although both cases were eventually dismissed, a judge still rules that he must go to prison for probation violation. The ruling and sentencing sparked outraged from the rapper’s fans and some of his celebrity peers who called the sentencing heavy-handed.
Meek Mill’s attorney says that the judge has been carrying an age-old grudge against the rapper because he once refused to remake a Boys II Men song that she asked him to do and also refused to work with a local artist manager that she has been linked to. Meek turned himself into authorities on November 8 when he started his sentencing.