Meek Mill will been released on bail, reports TMZ . In November, the Philadelphia rapper was sentenced to four years in prison for violating the terms of a probation he’d received nearly a decade earlier, and in the months since, his case has become a cause cause célèbre for hip-hop fans and proponents of criminal justice reform.

“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,” Meek said in a statement about his release. “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.”

Judge Genece Brinkley has received widespread criticism for her handling of the case, and for handing down what was perceived by many as an unjust sentence. Larry Krasner, Philadelphia’s newly elected District Attorney, has recently spoken in support of Meek receiving bail while he appeals the probation violation sentence. Brinkley refused a motion to grant Mill bail in a hearing earlier this month, but that decision has evidently been reversed.

Read Meek’s full statement via TMZ below:

“I’d like to thank God, my family, my friends, my attorneys, my team at Roc Nation including JAY-Z, Desiree Perez, my good friend Michael Rubin, my fans, The Pennsylvania Supreme Court and all my public advocates for their love, support and encouragement during this difficult time. While the past five months have been a nightmare, the prayers, visits, calls, letters and rallies have helped me stay positive. To the Philadelphia District Attorney’s office, I’m grateful for your commitment to justice – not only for my case, but for others that have been wrongfully jailed due to police misconduct. 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. 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.”

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