Bailing black moms out of jail before Mother's Day
For the third year in a row, volunteers with the Free Black Mamas DMV movement are spending the week leading umore
Paula Pouchie of Baltimore reacts after her bond was posted at Baltimore County Detention Center in Towson. Shmore
The women are incarcerated for weeks, sometimes months, because they cannot afford to post bail. One woman (nomore
Among the volunteers is Qiana Johnson, who served two years in state prison. She started Life After Release, amore
The "Free Black Mamas" volunteers raise the funds through social media, appealing for donations through Gofundmore
The group has traveled to at least four different jails in the Baltimore area this week, seeking out black mommore
Some of the funds are raised in person: several community members passing by the jails offered up cash donatiomore
Even after bail has been posted, the volunteers often wait for hours before the women are released, without exmore
But their efforts don't stop with the bail payments. Donations also go towards providing the women with short-more
In the case of 55-year-old Tammy Dawes of Takoma Park, Maryland, the volunteers offered moral support and assimore
William Randolph hugs his girlfriend Tammy Dawes shortly after the Free Black Mamas DMV movement posted her bomore
Tammy Dawes poses for a picture while attending the first annual DMV Mother's Day bailout brunch in Baltimore.more
Donna Brown and Dana Vickers Shelley of "Out for Justice", a Baltimore-based organization that provides resourmore
A young girl makes a homemade Mother's Day card for mothers attending the first annual DMV Mother's Day bailoumore
Qiana Johnson's organization Life After Release helps train women after incarceration, preparing resumes for jmore
Chrysalinn Archie, a "Free Black Mamas DMV" volunteer, holds up a sign outside of the Baltimore County Detentimore
Lt. Owens of the Prince George's County Department of Corrections speaks to detention center personnel to assimore
Cheyenne Brewington (L) and Nee-Nee Taylor of the Black Lives Matter movement walk out of the Prince George's more
Members and volunteers of the "Free Black Mamas DMV" movement form a prayer circle with Paula Pouchie of Baltimore
Volunteers of "Free Black Mamas DMV" rally outside of the Prince George's County Detention Center in Upper Marmore
A member of the Prince George's County Department of Corrections K-9 unit patrols the detention center. REUTERmore
Emergency personnel provide aid to Nicole Hanson who was struck by a car while crossing the street after leavimore
A volunteers with the Free Black Mamas DMV movement makes a sign outside of the Prince George's County Detentimore
Volunteers of "Free Black Mamas DMV" participate in a video conference with members of the National Bail Out cmore
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