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T.I. & 'LAHH' Star Scrapp DeLeon Team Up With New Birth's Jamal Bryant To Bail Out Non-Violent Offenders For Easter

T.I. and "Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta" star Scrapp DeLeon teamed with New Birth Missionary Baptist Church, where Jamal Bryant is senior pastor, to give nonviolent offenders an opportunity for a fresh start. More inside...

This Ressurection Sunday was a special one for 20 nonviolent offenders and their families.

Rapper T.I. and "LAHH: Atlanta" star Scrapp DeLeon teamed with New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Lithonia, GA to bail out 20 individuals just in time for Easter.

The rappers, along with Senior Pastor Jamal Bryant and his church raised $120,000 to provide bail for first-time, nonviolent offenders in four Georgia counties, including DeKalb, Fulton, Gwinnett and Rockdale.

The church created the "Bail Out" program to give men and women a second chance.  According to the AJC, the initiative started as a grassroots effort led by the church where a $40,000 local challenge within the New Birth congregation was launched. It quickly grew to $120,000!

“I looked at what was happening in the prison pipeline and realized that the church voice had been muted on the issue of prison reform,” Bryant told the AJC. “I realized that we needed to be part of what was taking place.”

And they're doing more than just releasing people from jail. The men and women bailed out through the program will be given job training resources and will be required to meet with mentors on a weekly basis to ensure that they stay on the right track. Also, some of the funds will go towards the college education of the children of the individuals who were bailed out. Nice!

 

 

The initiative is something the "LAHH: ATL" star can relate to. He was released from prison in October 2018 after he was sentenced to 5-years in jail and 15 years probation on drug trafficking charges.

11Alive spoke with a woman named Sylvia who said her nephew was pulled over in Atlanta and arrested. Just as she was trying to get him out of jail, the church came through to bail him out. "We didn't make a whole lot of progress before we got the phone call from my nephew saying that a church was going to bail him out," she said. "And we were overjoyed when we got that news. It was unbelievable for us."

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What better weekend for this to happen.

Shoutout to T.I., Scrapp and New Birth creating change in their community! We hope they get as much praise as folks are falling over themselves to give certain other folks who recently started caring about the justice system.

Photo: Kathy Hutchins / Shutterstock.com

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