(AllHipHop News) Clifford "T.I." Harris is known for expressing his views about social issues on social media. The emcee/actor is also putting in the work in the real world to back up his online comments about the criminal justice system.
T.I. and Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta cast member Scrapp DeLeon teamed with Georgia's New Birth Missionary Baptist Church to bail out 23 non-violent offenders in DeKalb, Fulton, Gwinnett, and Rockdale counties for Easter Sunday. The 40-day fundraiser collected $120,000 for the sixteen men and seven women.
"It's almost like finally meeting the good Samaritan - somebody who you don't know that you didn't see coming," said New Birth senior pastor Dr. Jamal Bryant about the recipients' reactions to being released. "They're appreciative to be able to press the refresh button."
In addition, New Birth established a mentorship program which features weekly check-ins with the freed individuals. A portion of the donations will also go to set up college funds for their children.
Both T.I. and Scrapp have been incarcerated. Tip served time for federal weapons charges and for violating probation. DeLeon was recently released from prison following a two-and-a-half year stint for a drug conviction.