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A local group gives Father’s Day surprise

Two Peoria non-profits gave a special gift to one dad for Father’s Day. The gift of freedom. The Black Justice Project and Change Peoria joined forces to raise over two thousand dollars to pay the bond for one father to rejoin his family for Father’s Day.

Chama St. Louis with The Black Justice Project said over 40 people donated money to make this possible. She also says they carefully select the father they want to release from jail. “We have a lawyer on our team who actually goes through the list of names, looks into prior history and we try to make sure there’s no history of domestic battery or too violent before we bond them out,” she explained.

Change Peoria helped organize the fund raising and says part of their mission is to end the money-bond system so that people who haven’t been convicted of a crime can continue to live their lives while awaiting trial.

Kyle Beachy

Kyle Beachy is a Multimedia Journalist for 25 News and Heart of Illinois. Born and raised in Kokomo, Indiana, he attended Indiana Wesleyan University where he studied Education and played baseball. He comes to us from Columbus, Ohio where he received a Master’s Degree from The Ohio State University.

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