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While he was serving time in the State Correctional Institute in Chester, Mill was beneficiary of the unflagging support of Sixers co-owner Michael Rubin, who along with Jay-Z's Roc Nation, funded the Stand with Meek Mill campaign, whose message was emblazoned on buses and newsstands throughout the city. He was arrested after violating probation for a drug and weapons charge from 2008 and received a two-to-four-year prison sentence from Judge Brinkley.

Brent Cohen, interim CEO of JustLeadership USA, said the report illustrates the "failed model of mass supervision" in the U.S.

The rapper described his last five months in prison as "a nightmare" and said numerous "prayers visits, calls, letters, and rallies" helped him stay "positive".

The-30-year-old was granted freedom from prison for an unusually harsh sentence that triggered protests debating racial biases in the United States criminal justice system.

"Although I'm blessed to have the resources to fight this unjust situation, I understand that many people of color across the country don't have that luxury, and I plan to use my platform to shine a light on those issues", Mill said in a statement. He tweeted Tuesday that he was on his way to pick up the rapper from prison.

'In the meantime, I plan to work closely with my legal team to overturn this unwarranted conviction and look forward to reuniting with my family and resuming my music career, ' he said.

The rapper also thanked the District Attorney's Office.

"Welcome home Meek Mill", was about all that was heard from the public address announcer as wild cheers drowned out the rest.

Rubin had organized visits to Mill's prison with Embiid, Ben Simmons and Markelle Fultz.

What all this means is that Meek Mill potentially has a much bigger audience waiting for him now that he's out than he did when he went in. "That's what I want.' So when they released him, we said the helicopter's gonna pick you up".

"Meek was unjustly convicted and should not have spent a single day in jail", Tacopina said. "He's gotta get a shower, and we gotta go win this game", Rubin told a group of reporters in the parking lot after the auto pulled up about 45 minutes before tipoff. I got the news earlier from Michael Rubin and I was happy for him.

Philadelphia Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie and retired boxing great Bernard Hopkins sat near Hart and Mill, and Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf joined them in the second half.

The district attorney, Larry Krasner, who was elected a year ago on a platform of criminal justice reform, told NBC News this month that allegations of faulty police work have changed how prosecutors see Mill's case and others.

She added, "For far too long, we have turned a blind eye to this stark reality, and now we are all paying the social and economic price". They say the national attention the case is getting is helping to expose what they call the injustices of Philadelphia's criminal justice system.