T.I. helps raise $120,000 to bail out non-violent offenders for Easter

Twenty-three individuals charged with non-violent offenses were released before the holiday this weekend.

April 22, 2019
T.I. helps raise $120,000 to bail out non-violent offenders for Easter Actor/rapper Tip 'T.I.' Harris onstage at HISTORY's Roots Atlanta advanced screening in Atlanta. May 9, 2016.   Paras Griffin/Getty Images for History/Roots

Twenty-three non-violent, mostly first-time defendants were bailed out of jail last weekend thanks to a fundraising drive led by T.I. in conjunction with the New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Atlanta and Love and Hip Hop's Scrapp Deleon.

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The "Bail Out" drive began at the start of Lent, according to FOX 5. An initial target of $40,000 in donations reached over $120,000 in 40 days, enough for seven women and 16 men to go free. The money will also be used to create a college fund for the children of the released individuals, who will be paired with mentors.

Tyron Pollard, one of the benefactors, expressed gratitude for the "Bail Out" program to FOX 5. "It's like a whole new clean slate," he told the station. "I don't want to do nothing but do right and strive to be a model citizen for my kids."

Watch a report on the program below via FOX 5.

T.I. helps raise $120,000 to bail out non-violent offenders for Easter