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It was a very happy Easter for at least 20 Georgia families when they they found out their loved ones were coming home from jail.

New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Stonecrest, Georgia, raised $120,000 to bail out more than 20 first-time, nonviolent offenders in DeKalb, Fulton, Gwinnett and Rockdale counties, according to WSB-TV.

The effort started out as a $40,000 challenge within the church, but turned regional once the community got involved. Atlanta rapper T.I. also helped raise money for the church’s bailout initiative, according to WXIA-TV.

“I could not be prouder of my New Birth family for answering the call and affirming that everyone deserves a second chance,” said Dr. Jamal Bryant, pastor of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church.

“I could think of no better way to celebrate the resurrection of Christ than to provide these young men and women with an opportunity to reunite with their families, resurrect their lives and get back on the right path.”

Britneé Davis is McClatchy’s South Region Digital Producer. The south region includes the Sun Herald, the Telegraph, and the Ledger-Enquirer.


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