Lawmakers, rapper Meek Mill urge state probation law changes

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Pennsylvania lawmakers, criminal justice reform advocates and rapper Meek Mill are pushing for changes to state and county probation rules.

House Democratic Whip Jordan Harris on Tuesday announced he will soon introduce a bill designed to result in fewer people on probation and for shorter periods of time.

Harris and Mill spoke at an event in Philadelphia to promote a change in state law that Harris is pursuing in the Legislature.

Mill became a symbol for those who want to improve the probation system because he received a 2- to 4-year prison term for probation violations in a decade-old gun and drug possession case.

Mill spent months in prison before a court ordered his release.

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