LITHONIA, GA- An Easter behind bars is not something anyone looks forward to but this weekend an unlikely team came together to give over 2 dozen non-violent offenders a much better holiday than they were planning.
It all started when The New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Lithonia started a bailout program to help non-violent offenders in the area. The pastor challenged the church to raise $40,000 for the program.
But instead, they raised $120,000.
Even Rapper T.I. and VH1′s “Love and Hip Hop” personality Scrapp Deleon joined in to help.
The money went to post bail for 23 non-violent offenders who would have otherwise spent Easter behind bars. Instead, many went home to see their friends and families.
The program targeted people in DeKalb, Fulton, Gwinnett and Rockdale counties.
Senior church pastor Jamal Bryant says this was not only a good way for the church be more outspoken when it comes to prison reform but also to help it’s own community members.
The bail out program reportedly extends beyond the weekend, with each offender being connected to a mentor and possibly given funds for college savings.