L&HH Alum Mendeecees Harris Will Reportedly Be out of Prison in 2020

Incarcerated star Mendeecees Harris earned himself an early release. He's expected to be out of prison by November 2020, cutting his drug trafficking sentence by almost half. 

“Love & Hip-Hop” star Yandy Smith-Harris must be counting down to the day her husband, Mendeecees Harris finally comes home. According to recent reports, the incarcerated star is scheduled to be released from prison on November 2020.

Mendeecees Harris and then-fiancee Yandy Smith at the 2015 Dance Theatre of Harlen Vision Gala in New York City on February 24, 2015. | Source: Getty Images

Mendeecees Harris and then-fiancee Yandy Smith at the 2015 Dance Theatre of Harlen Vision Gala in New York City on February 24, 2015. | Source: Getty Images

MENDECEES GETS AN EARLY RELEASE AFTER A COUPLE OF DENIED APPEALS 

Mendeecees earned himself an early release from his original eight-to-ten-year sentence for drug trafficking. In 2015, he pled guilty to ferrying heroine and cocaine from New York City to Rochester between 2006 to 2008. 

The following year, the 40-year-old appealed to reduce his sentence but it was denied. He made a second attempt in 2017 under the grounds that his sentencing was given under old guidelines but that didn’t fly too. 

During his sentencing, the reality star recognized his errors and vowed to be a better example to his children.

Mendeecees had already spent 15 months behind bars prior to his sentencing. This was credited to his prison term which began in January 2016. Upon his release next year, he would only have served a little more than half of his original sentence. 

For Yandy, that amount of time is just “a drop in the bucket” compared to the lifetime they can still spend together, she told “The Breakfast Club” in November when she announced his early release. 

Yandy Smith and Mendecees Harris attending the VH1 Big in 2015 with Entertainment Weekly Awards at the pacific Design Center in West Hollywood on November 15, 2015. | Source: Getty Images

Yandy Smith and Mendecees Harris attending the VH1 Big in 2015 with Entertainment Weekly Awards at the pacific Design Center in West Hollywood on November 15, 2015. | Source: Getty Images

STILL A FAMILY MAN BEHIND BARS

Mendeecees is a father to two children with Yandy apart from two others he had previously. Still devoted to his family while inside, they may be the reason why from Pennsylvania, he was transferred to a medium-security facility in New Jersey. Yandi and his children live closer from there.  

During his sentencing, the reality star recognized his errors and vowed to be a better example to his children. In fact, among the classes he completed in prison was a parenting course in addition to classes on health and nutrition, public speaking, money management, and a program on substance abuse prevention.  

A 2016 study by the Rand Corporation revealed incarcerated individuals who attain education behind bars are 43% less likely to return to prison.

THE BENEFITS OF PRISON EDUCATION

It is a good thing Mendeecees used his time in prison wisely by availing of the education provided inside. There are three types of education that prisoners can attain while waiting for the day they can be free. These are higher education, correspondence courses, and life skills programs. These opportunities have been set in place because it was found that education is key to reducing crime. 

A 2016 study by the Rand Corporation revealed incarcerated individuals who attain education behind bars are 43% less likely to return to prison. This also creates a snowball effect that if these prisoners attain college degrees, there is a greater chance their succeeding generations would also pursue college. Moreover, the existence of college programs in prisons reduces the rate of violence in the premises. 
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