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Meek Mill hoops with Philly kids before 76ers game to help spotlight criminal justice reform

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PHILADELPHIA – Meek Mill crouched on the court before a Philadelphia 76ers game and grabbed the hand of a shy 7-year old boy for a quiet chat before more kids swarmed the rapper for a photo. Mill, whose well-publicized prison sentence for minor probation violations became a lightning rod for the issue, is co-chairman of the reform organization that lobbies for changes to state probation and parole laws.

Pennsylvania’s state Senate on Wednesday approved legislation to overhaul how probation is handled, in an effort to clamp down on people being stuck on an endless probation cycle or being sent back to jail for minor violations.

The bill limits the length of probation sentences and the circumstances under which a nonviolent offender on probation can be sent to jail, part of a nationwide reconsideration of probation and parole measures.

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