T.I. helped to bail 23 nonviolent offenders out of the DeKalb County Jail in Georgia.
The rapper partnered with a Georgia church, as well as Scrapp Deleon of VH1’s “Love and Hip Hop,” to raise $120,000 to bail out 23 nonviolent, predominantly first-time offenders, according to Fox 5.
The New Birth Missionary launched the “Bail Out” program on Lent (Mar. 6). Initially, they pledged to raise $40,000 in order to bail inmates out of jail just in time for Easter Sunday.
As soon as T.I. got involved, donations reportedly skyrocketed to $120,000, allowing seven women and 16 men to be brought home.
Each individual will also be connected with a mentor for weekly check-in meetings and a portion of the donations will go towards college savings for the children of the recipients.
Dr. Jamal Bryant, senior pastor at New Birth, applauded the efforts of the “Bail Out” program.
“It’s almost like finally meeting the good Samaritan, somebody who you don’t know that you didn’t see coming. They’re appreciative to be able to press the refresh button.” Bryant said.
T.I. has become an activist in his community. He recently spoke out against Fox News host Laura Ingraham following her disrespectful comments in the wake of Nipsey Hussle’s death.
Earlier this year, he called for a boycott of Gucci over its wool jumper, which sparked controversy for its depiction of blackface.