Robert Kraft makes pitch for Meek Mill

Robert Kraft meets Meek Mill

Robert Kraft visited Meek Mill in prison alongside Philadelphia 76ers owner Michael Rubin on Tuesday. @CBSPhilly Twitter

New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft is calling for reform of the criminal justice system after visiting rapper Meek Mill in a Pennsylvania prison.

There's been some outcry against Mill's punishment, with critics claiming the length of his sentence is too severe for probation violations. After the meeting, Kraft told reporters that Mill doesn't belong in jail and pushed for criminal justice reform.

Kenney's spokeswoman, Ajeenah Amir, said the mayor spent about an hour with Mill after being invited to the penitentiary by Michael Rubin, the billionaire co-owner of the 76ers, who has become one of Mill's biggest advocates. Rubin said he believes Mill will be released soon.

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That "belief" isn't exactly going to help Mill's case or his supporters' cause, which leaves Mill still imprisoned and those calling for his release still frustrated by official inaction. On Thursday, the Philly rapper hopped on the phone with NBC's Lester Holt and talked about the 2-4 years Judge Genece Brinkley gave him.

Nicki Minaj and Meek Mill attend the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards at Madison Square Garden on August 28, 2016 in New York City. "And I think God put me in this position to be able to do a show with Lester Holt and open up eyes for other young black men", he continued. "Every time I see him, I just come away more impressed". "Across the board, African-Americans are ending up with worse sentences over and over than white people, even if you control for the type of offense", he said.

Later, the Pats owner added that the situation was "just sad".

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