Third-generation preacher Jamal Bryant. STEVE SCHAEFER / SPECIAL TO THE AJC
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New Birth bails nonviolent offenders out of jail for fresh start

New Birth Missionary Baptist Church has raised $120,000 to provide bail for first-time, nonviolent offenders in four Georgia counties.

The “Bail Out” program was designed to give men and women a second chance, beginning Easter weekend.

Bryant will share details of the initiative during a press conference at 2 p.m. Saturday at New Birth Missionary Baptist Church, 6400 Woodrow Rd. in  Stonecrest.

He is expected to joined by rapper and actor Clifford “T.I.” Harris, VH1’s “Love & Hip Hop” personality Scrapp DeLeon and representatives from local sheriffs’ offices.

T.I. at the 2019 Atlanta Film Society gala. Photo: Jennifer Brett

The program targets DeKalb, Fulton, Gwinnett and Rockdale counties. It will also help with job readiness.

It began  as a $40,000 local challenge within the New Birth congregation and quickly grew to $120,000  and a larger metro movement.

“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,” said Bryant, the megachurch’s senior pastor.  “I realized that we needed to be part of what was taking place.”

And what better time, he noted, than during the observance of Easter, when Christians celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ which some churches refer to as “Resurrection Sunday.”

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