Meek Mill & Michael Rubin Visit Man In Prison Over Outstanding Court Fees
On October 10th, The Philadelphia Inquirer published a piece titled, “Why are Pennsylvania judges sentencing people on probation for debts they won’t ever be able to pay?”. The piece focused on the situation of a man named Maurice Hudson, who is now serving a 18 to 36 month sentence for being unable to pay $1,941 in court fees. The fees are a result of a robbery that Hudson was involved in ten years ago (when he was 19), but he has not committed a crime since.
This headline and story caught the attention of Meek Mill and Michael Rubin, who partnered in founding REFORM Alliance, a nonprofit organization concerned with criminal justice. After reading about Hudson, Meek and Rubin decided to go visit him at a State Correctional Institution in Phoenix. They were especially drawn to the case because the judge who had sentenced Hudson over his debts was Judge Genece Brinkley, the same judge who repeatedly sentenced Meek for probation violations. Hudson explained that his $150 weekly salary as a janitor did not allow him to make the court payments while also having to take care of two young daughters with special needs. “I keep hearing it every time I come in front of you, ‘I’m not trying.’ How is it I’m not trying?,” Hudson told Judge Genece Brinkley.
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You must listen to this story of Maurice Hudson – If this doesn’t upset you I don’t know what will! Maurice was sent to prison for 18-36 months because he couldn’t afford to pay $1,900 in fines while he has two kids at home with special needs. Thanks to Samantha Melamed of @phillyinquirer for telling this story – WE ARE ON THIS!!! And this is exactly why we created @reform – we are going to go state by state to change the laws so situations like this can’t happen – What happened to Maurice is NOT ACCEPTABLE!! We look forward to Maurice getting home to be with his kids and family.