Ralo gets support from more than 100 celebrities in his effort to be released from prison. Several high-profile names appear in support of the effort.
Rapper Ralo Mentioned in Marijuana Reform Letter Sent To President Joe Biden
Marijuana reform is front and center on the President’s desk, and Georgia rapper Ralo’s (real name Terrell Davis) case is highlighted.
First hitting the Hip Hop scene in 2015, he dropped the “Famerican Gangster” mixtape, and later another mixtape, “Diary of the Streets”.
Ralo made the news after a video went viral of him throwing tens of thousands of dollars at homeless people back in 2016.
However, 26-year-old rapper Ralo (who is signed to Gucci Mane’s Interscope Records) is currently sitting in jail after being convicted on a charge of criminal conspiracy back in 2018.
A Letter Was Sent To President Joe Biden Seeking Assistance
During President Joe Biden’s campaign, he promoted cannabis decriminalization and stated that he was all for expunging marijuana convictions.
Holding him to his promises, a letter was delivered to Joe Biden on Tuesday.
In the delivered letter it states that the war on drugs “has crushed many souls and countless futures while spreading intolerable levels of mistrust and dysfunction between minority communities and those sworn to protect them.”
Additionally, the letter says –
“the harms of incarceration are obvious, but the pains of federal marijuana convictions transcend prison walls, making it more difficult for someone to get a job, access affordable housing, and receive an education.”
“A conviction can forever limit an individual’s constitutional rights and can put the American dream further out of reach for an entire family.”
Deserving relief, according to the correspondence, is Rapper Ralo, who is serving an 8-year sentence for a non-violent marijuana offense.
During a press release, the “Can’t Lie” rapper thanked the Hip-Hop community –
“…for supporting my clemency because it’s just not right that corporations are allowed to violate federal law and become millionaires while people like myself go to prison for years.”
“This is hypocrisy…But I am hopeful that Joe Biden will honor his campaign promise and grant us clemency, without delay, so that we can return home to our families and communities.”
Will Ralo And Countless Others Receive The Clemency They Seek?
To his credit, Biden’s administration is actively encouraging folks to fill out clemency application forms.
As reported by The Source, about 1,000 people who were temporarily placed on home confinement for federal drug offenses are among them.
However, the effort, led by Utah prison reform activist Weldon Angelos, calls for the President to issue a “full, complete, and unconditional pardon” to all people with non-violent federal marijuana convictions.
Signed by more than 150 people, including musicians, actors, athletes, filmmakers, current and former elected and appointed government officials, advocates, and business leaders.
Among those joining the reform effort and submitting their signatures on the dotted line are –
- Meek Mill
- Killer Mike
- 2 Chainz
- Kodak Black
- Waka Flocka
- Lil’ Yachty
- Dave East
- Kevin Garnett
- Deion Sanders
- Julio Jones
- Baby Bash and others
As reported in a Forbes article, rap artist T.I. poised this question –
“How is it ok for a white man in Oregon, Nevada, or Colorado to grow, smoke, and profit millions from marijuana but a young black man from the Westside of Atlanta who’s been nothing less than a service and a pillar to his community can be jailed and taken away from his family for allegedly doing the same thing?”