Meek Mill’s REFORM Alliance has been making headway in their fight toward criminal justice reform, and their recent effort is no different. The organization has unveiled their newly-established fellowship intended to help formerly incarcerated individuals obtain the necessary skills for a career in advocacy, and it has appointed Loon to help launch the program.
The ex-Bad Boy rapper — who now goes by the name Amir Junaid Muhadith — will serve as the inaugural fellow of the program where he will tap into REFORM’s extensive library and work alongside members of the Advocacy and Communications team to learn about policy creation, policy writing and digital organizing among other things.
“Amir’s firsthand perspective and strategic thinking will be invaluable to helping us improve an ineffective and destructive supervision system,” said REFORM Alliance Chief Advocacy Officer Jessica Jackson. “In the short amount of time he’s been released, Amir has already impressed us with his ideas and commitment to creating positive change.”
As REVOLT previously reported, Loon was granted early release from federal prison in late July. As someone who’s had previous health issues, COVID-19 was cited as an “extraordinary and compelling” for his freedom. Jackson was one of the many leaders that advocated for his release when the Coronavirus made its way into the prison system.
“I can personally relate to the stress of navigating life on supervision with the risk of reincarceration, so I’m grateful for the opportunity to use my experience to help REFORM and collaborate on ways to make a lasting impact on the system,” Loon said of his newest role. “It’s imperative that we provide people on probation with the support, training and counseling to truly succeed rather than resort to punitive punishment.”
Following Loon’s release, Diddy welcomed him home via social media, writing, “God is great. Welcome home. Get at me king. Love.” The two later reunited, sharing photos of the joyous occasion. “Everything is not what it seems,” Loon captioned his Instagram post. “After all that we’ve been through, the love cannot be denied. We’ve traveled the world together, made millions together, and at times we may not have always agreed, but by Allah, if I hadn’t experienced the things that we went through, I wouldn’t have become the man that I am today!”