Rapper T.I. and the personality of VH1 Scrapp Deleon joined forces with a Georgian church this weekend to pay bail for 23 nonviolent offenders, mostly novices, just in time for Easter.
The effort, organized by Missionary Baptist Church of the New Birth of Lithonia, was meant to help 16 men and seven women from the counties of DeKalb, Fulton, Gwinnett and Rockdale to have a fresh start, Fox 5 Atlanta reports. Each of the recipients has been paired with a mentor for the weekly records, and the church has set aside money to open college funds for the children of the recipients.
"We want to make sure that we interrupt a culture of recidivism, that (children) do not return to the system (like) in previous generations," Newborn senior pastor Jamal Bryant said in an interview. Facebook video published by the church..
According to the Sentencing project, a group that advocates for prison reform, blacks and Latin Americans are more likely than white Americans to be denied bail, set higher bail and arrested because they can not. bail. Although the gap between the number of white and black Americans in prison has been contraction In recent years, black Americans were 12% of the adult population of the United States. UU and 33% of the prison population sentenced in 2016.
The New Baptist Missionary Baptist Church began raising funds for the bond program at the beginning of Lent, a 40-day period of fasting and reflection that leads to Easter, the day Christians believe that Jesus Christ was resurrected. Church The initial goal was to raise $ 40,000.. He ended up raising around $ 120,000.
Watch a video created by the New Baptist Missionary Baptist Church on its bail bond program below.
It is not clear how much of that amount was donated by T.I. also known as punta, or Deleon.
T.I., who grew up in Atlanta, has been open On their own experiences with the prison system. Since his rise to fame, the rapper has been involved in multiple projects that give back to his community.
Deleon, a star in the show VH1 "Love and hip hop Atlanta", He published a video on Instagram of a speech he gave on Saturday about the bail bond program at New Birth Baptist Missionary Church. He called it "an incredible experience."
The recipient of the program, Tyron Pollard, told Fox 5 Atlanta that he was moved by the act of kindness at random.
"So that people only get in touch, willing to help out of the blue, that they do not know anyone … it's a blessing," said Pollard.