Hot Mugshot turned Model?—Jeremy Meeks Signs Modeling Contract with Porn Star

Jul 2, 2014 at 11:59 am |
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Reaction to Jeremy Meeks’ mugshot has been anything but meek. His inmate booking photo went viral last month after it was posted on the Stockton Police Department’s Facebook page. As a result, Meeks has been offered a $30,000 contract by Blaze Modelz in Los Angeles, which he signed according to TMZ.

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Former porn actress Gina Rodriguez reportedly represents the convicted felon and hopes to help him and create “the ultimate rags to riches story.” She told Fox411 that “we don’t know Jeremy’s full story yet, and I don’t feel like he got a fair break. I really don’t. If we can help him in any way with his future and help him turn his life around, that’s what I’m about. That’s what I want to do for him.” Therefore, signing with Blaze Modelz is a step in the right direction. The agency claims he could book high-end runway shows and campaigns, earning Meeks thousands of dollars a month.

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Rodriguez further explained, “[t]he types of personalities that I work with are usually the people who are under fire by the media. If this was a different situation, like if someone was actually hurt or there was violence involved, I definitely would not be taking him on.” The Hollywood talent agent’s clients also include Donald Sterling’s former mistress V. Stiviano, ‘Octomom’ Nadya Suleman and MTV’s Teen Mom star Farrah Abraham.

However, before he is able to vogue all over a runway or in front a camera, Meeks needs to be released from jail. The convicted felon is currently being held on nearly $1.1 million bail and faces ten open charges. Seven of which are felonies, one classified as street terrorism, and two are misdemeanors for resisting arrest and revocation of parole. All of which are public information and may be found on the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office website.

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While a debt is rightly to be paid if found guilty, incarceration as a sole solution to unlawful behavior has proven time and time again to be ineffective and much more costly for tax payers. “More than 90 percent of prisoners return to the community within a few years,” a statistic given by James Gilligan in The New York Times. “Two-thirds of prisoners reoffend within three years of leaving prison, often with a more serious and violent offense…[t]hat is why it is vitally important how we treat them while they are incarcerated.” Gilligan suggests that if those convicted of crimes were treated with therapy and rehabilitation they would reintegrate better into society and be less likely to commit an offense again.

This could be an effective treatment for Meeks who has previously been in trouble with the law. He served two years for grand theft back in 2002, has had numerous run-ins with the law and as reported by The Los Angeles Times is a documented member of the Northside Gangster Crips.

Even though it appears Meeks has had a troubled past his family and friends insist that he is “sweet” and family guy. His mother suggests that he is a victim of stereotyping due to his “old” tattoos. Meeks’ family created a GoFundMe page titled “Free Jeremy Meeks” to raise $25,000 for his legal defense. The page has currently raised $5,350.

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Either way, hopefully Meeks will be able to turn things around for himself and his family.

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Meeks is due to appear before court again on July 8.

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