Baltimore organizations collaborate for June 2 Father’s Day bailout – CBS Baltimore
BALTIMORE (WJZ) – Thanks to the Job Opportunities Task Force (JOFT) and their partners in Out for Justice, several previously incarcerated black dads will be spending Father’s Day at home.
The second annual June weekend / Father’s Day bailout secured the release of several incarcerated men, awaiting trial, due to their unaffordable cash bail.
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“It is important to know that black fathers are crucial in the black family.” said Nicole Hanson Mundell, Executive Director of Out for Justice, “We want to do everything we can to bridge this gap and connect fathers with their families, with their communities.”
It doesn’t stop with the posting of a bond, Out for Justice and JOFT will continue to work with the men to move forward.
“We’re going to stay with these men, we’re going to provide overall support, mental health support, business skills support and make sure they re-enter successfully,” said Hanson Mundell.
It is a model that has proven itself. After being locked up for 7 years, Jeremy Bernert credits the program for changing his life after his release.
“It’s amazing the help JOTF has given me. “Said Bernert,” As you can see, I am always here in front of you, alongside JOTF. It is help that never goes away.
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Bernet says he now has a well-paying job, a car, and is buying a house with his girlfriend. He will work with the newly released men to show them what is possible.
Mayor Brandon Scott says Bernet is a testament to the importance of the work being done by JOTF.
“This is why it is important, the work that JOTF has been doing for 25 years, to help connect people to services so that we can prevent people from returning to the system,” said Mayor Scott. .
It starts with an investment that gives these men a chance to spend Father’s Day with their families
“When you invest in people, the return is indefinite,” said Hanson Mundell.
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The bond money used by JOTF came from donors.