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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 up to Mother's Day raising donations and posting bail for black mothers jailed in the Maryland area.

Pictured: Cheyenne Brewington receives a hug from volunteers after she was released from the Prince George's County Detention Center in Upper Marlboro, Maryland, May 6, 2019. The 26-year-old was detained since April 18 and could not afford to post a $5,000 bond for 1st degree assault and $1,500 for traffic violations. Brewington said in a statement, "I am thankful for these women to post my bond. I miss my daughter."

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For the third year in a row, volunteers with the Free Black Mamas DMV movement are spending the week leading up to Mother's Day raising donations and posting bail for black mothers jailed in the Maryland area. Pictured: Cheyenne Brewington receives...more

For the third year in a row, volunteers with the Free Black Mamas DMV movement are spending the week leading up to Mother's Day raising donations and posting bail for black mothers jailed in the Maryland area. Pictured: Cheyenne Brewington receives a hug from volunteers after she was released from the Prince George's County Detention Center in Upper Marlboro, Maryland, May 6, 2019. The 26-year-old was detained since April 18 and could not afford to post a $5,000 bond for 1st degree assault and $1,500 for traffic violations. Brewington said in a statement, "I am thankful for these women to post my bond. I miss my daughter." REUTERS/Michael A. McCoy
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Paula Pouchie of Baltimore reacts after her bond was posted at Baltimore County Detention Center in Towson. She was being held since May 3 because she could not afford to post a $2,000 bond for a traffic-related offense.

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Paula Pouchie of Baltimore reacts after her bond was posted at Baltimore County Detention Center in Towson. She was being held since May 3 because she could not afford to post a $2,000 bond for a traffic-related offense. REUTERS/Michael A. McCoy

Paula Pouchie of Baltimore reacts after her bond was posted at Baltimore County Detention Center in Towson. She was being held since May 3 because she could not afford to post a $2,000 bond for a traffic-related offense. REUTERS/Michael A. McCoy
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The women are incarcerated for weeks, sometimes months, because they cannot afford to post bail. One woman (not pictured) helped this year was jailed for 11 months because she couldn't pay a $100 bond, according to organizers. 

Pictured: Volunteers of "Free Black Mamas DMV" rally outside of the Prince George's County Detention Center in Upper Marlboro. 

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The women are incarcerated for weeks, sometimes months, because they cannot afford to post bail. One woman (not pictured) helped this year was jailed for 11 months because she couldn't pay a $100 bond, according to organizers. Pictured: Volunteers...more

The women are incarcerated for weeks, sometimes months, because they cannot afford to post bail. One woman (not pictured) helped this year was jailed for 11 months because she couldn't pay a $100 bond, according to organizers. Pictured: Volunteers of "Free Black Mamas DMV" rally outside of the Prince George's County Detention Center in Upper Marlboro. REUTERS/Michael A. McCoy
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Among the volunteers is Qiana Johnson, who served two years in state prison. She started Life After Release, an organization that provides services to women after they are released from jail, because she believes that "every person deserves a second chance despite what happened in the past."

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Among the volunteers is Qiana Johnson, who served two years in state prison. She started Life After Release, an organization that provides services to women after they are released from jail, because she believes that "every person deserves a second...more

Among the volunteers is Qiana Johnson, who served two years in state prison. She started Life After Release, an organization that provides services to women after they are released from jail, because she believes that "every person deserves a second chance despite what happened in the past." REUTERS/Michael A. McCoy
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The "Free Black Mamas" volunteers raise the funds through social media, appealing for donations through Gofundme, Cash App, Venmo and other payment systems. This year, they have raised $24,000 and posted bail for eight women since Monday, with a projected total of 13 releases by the end of Friday. 

Pictured: Criminal justice reform advocates Nicole Hanson (L) and Qiana Johnson (R) prepare a press release as they await the release of mothers incarcerated at the Baltimore County Detention Center in Towson.

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The "Free Black Mamas" volunteers raise the funds through social media, appealing for donations through Gofundme, Cash App, Venmo and other payment systems. This year, they have raised $24,000 and posted bail for eight women since Monday, with a...more

The "Free Black Mamas" volunteers raise the funds through social media, appealing for donations through Gofundme, Cash App, Venmo and other payment systems. This year, they have raised $24,000 and posted bail for eight women since Monday, with a projected total of 13 releases by the end of Friday. Pictured: Criminal justice reform advocates Nicole Hanson (L) and Qiana Johnson (R) prepare a press release as they await the release of mothers incarcerated at the Baltimore County Detention Center in Towson. REUTERS/Michael A. McCoy
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The group has traveled to at least four different jails in the Baltimore area this week, seeking out black moms who needed their bond posted. On Sunday, the "Free Black Mamas" volunteers held a brunch with all the women they've helped free, and their families. 

Pictured: Tammy Dawes of Takoma Park, Maryland, (L) and volunteer Samantha Master (R) walk out of the Prince George's County Detention Center in Upper Marlboro. 

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The group has traveled to at least four different jails in the Baltimore area this week, seeking out black moms who needed their bond posted. On Sunday, the "Free Black Mamas" volunteers held a brunch with all the women they've helped free, and their...more

The group has traveled to at least four different jails in the Baltimore area this week, seeking out black moms who needed their bond posted. On Sunday, the "Free Black Mamas" volunteers held a brunch with all the women they've helped free, and their families. Pictured: Tammy Dawes of Takoma Park, Maryland, (L) and volunteer Samantha Master (R) walk out of the Prince George's County Detention Center in Upper Marlboro. REUTERS/Michael A. McCoy
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Some of the funds are raised in person: several community members passing by the jails offered up cash donations to the volunteers while they waited outside. 

Pictured: Nicole Hanson of "Out for Justice", a Baltimore organization that provides services to women after their release from jail, counts donations received from local residents.

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Some of the funds are raised in person: several community members passing by the jails offered up cash donations to the volunteers while they waited outside. Pictured: Nicole Hanson of "Out for Justice", a Baltimore organization that provides...more

Some of the funds are raised in person: several community members passing by the jails offered up cash donations to the volunteers while they waited outside. Pictured: Nicole Hanson of "Out for Justice", a Baltimore organization that provides services to women after their release from jail, counts donations received from local residents. REUTERS/Michael A. McCoy
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Even after bail has been posted, the volunteers often wait for hours before the women are released, without explanation from authorities.

Pictured: Qiana Johnson uses a mobile phone in Towson.

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Even after bail has been posted, the volunteers often wait for hours before the women are released, without explanation from authorities. Pictured: Qiana Johnson uses a mobile phone in Towson. REUTERS/Michael A. McCoy

Even after bail has been posted, the volunteers often wait for hours before the women are released, without explanation from authorities. Pictured: Qiana Johnson uses a mobile phone in Towson. REUTERS/Michael A. McCoy
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But their efforts don't stop with the bail payments. Donations also go towards providing the women with short-term housing, cellphones, basic necessities and moral support, and connecting them with lawyers and helping them navigate the legal process and court system.

Pictured: Qiana Johnson gives Cheyenne Brewington a cellphone after Free Black Mamas DMV posted her bond at the Prince George's County Detention Center.

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But their efforts don't stop with the bail payments. Donations also go towards providing the women with short-term housing, cellphones, basic necessities and moral support, and connecting them with lawyers and helping them navigate the legal process...more

But their efforts don't stop with the bail payments. Donations also go towards providing the women with short-term housing, cellphones, basic necessities and moral support, and connecting them with lawyers and helping them navigate the legal process and court system. Pictured: Qiana Johnson gives Cheyenne Brewington a cellphone after Free Black Mamas DMV posted her bond at the Prince George's County Detention Center. REUTERS/Michael A. McCoy
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In the case of 55-year-old Tammy Dawes of Takoma Park, Maryland, the volunteers offered moral support and assisted with finding legal representation and other needs after she was released. Dawes had been detained at the Prince George's County Detention Center since April 11 since she could not afford to post a $25,000 bond. 

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In the case of 55-year-old Tammy Dawes of Takoma Park, Maryland, the volunteers offered moral support and assisted with finding legal representation and other needs after she was released. Dawes had been detained at the Prince George's County...more

In the case of 55-year-old Tammy Dawes of Takoma Park, Maryland, the volunteers offered moral support and assisted with finding legal representation and other needs after she was released. Dawes had been detained at the Prince George's County Detention Center since April 11 since she could not afford to post a $25,000 bond. REUTERS/Michael A. McCoy
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William Randolph hugs his girlfriend Tammy Dawes shortly after the Free Black Mamas DMV movement posted her bond. 

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William Randolph hugs his girlfriend Tammy Dawes shortly after the Free Black Mamas DMV movement posted her bond. REUTERS/Michael A. McCoy

William Randolph hugs his girlfriend Tammy Dawes shortly after the Free Black Mamas DMV movement posted her bond. REUTERS/Michael A. McCoy
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Tammy Dawes poses for a picture while attending the first annual DMV Mother's Day bailout brunch in Baltimore. REUTERS/Michael A. McCoy

Tammy Dawes poses for a picture while attending the first annual DMV Mother's Day bailout brunch in Baltimore. REUTERS/Michael A. McCoy

Tammy Dawes poses for a picture while attending the first annual DMV Mother's Day bailout brunch in Baltimore. REUTERS/Michael A. McCoy
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Donna Brown and Dana Vickers Shelley of "Out for Justice", a Baltimore-based organization that provides resources to women after being released from jail, fill gift bags for mothers attending the first annual DMV Mother's Day bailout brunch in Baltimore. REUTERS/Michael A. McCoy

Donna Brown and Dana Vickers Shelley of "Out for Justice", a Baltimore-based organization that provides resources to women after being released from jail, fill gift bags for mothers attending the first annual DMV Mother's Day bailout brunch in...more

Donna Brown and Dana Vickers Shelley of "Out for Justice", a Baltimore-based organization that provides resources to women after being released from jail, fill gift bags for mothers attending the first annual DMV Mother's Day bailout brunch in Baltimore. REUTERS/Michael A. McCoy
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A young girl makes a homemade Mother's Day card for mothers attending the first annual DMV Mother's Day bailout brunch in Baltimore. REUTERS/Michael A. McCoy

A young girl makes a homemade Mother's Day card for mothers attending the first annual DMV Mother's Day bailout brunch in Baltimore. REUTERS/Michael A. McCoy

A young girl makes a homemade Mother's Day card for mothers attending the first annual DMV Mother's Day bailout brunch in Baltimore. REUTERS/Michael A. McCoy
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Qiana Johnson's organization Life After Release helps train women after incarceration, preparing resumes for job searches and holding workshops on how to re-enter society.

Pictured: An entrance of the Baltimore County Detention Center in Towson. REUTERS/Michael A. McCoy

Qiana Johnson's organization Life After Release helps train women after incarceration, preparing resumes for job searches and holding workshops on how to re-enter society. Pictured: An entrance of the Baltimore County Detention Center in Towson....more

Qiana Johnson's organization Life After Release helps train women after incarceration, preparing resumes for job searches and holding workshops on how to re-enter society. Pictured: An entrance of the Baltimore County Detention Center in Towson. REUTERS/Michael A. McCoy
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Chrysalinn Archie, a "Free Black Mamas DMV" volunteer, holds up a sign outside of the Baltimore County Detention Center in Towson. When asked what the bail meant to her, Archie said, "The bail system is unjust and mothers need to be with their babies."

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Chrysalinn Archie, a "Free Black Mamas DMV" volunteer, holds up a sign outside of the Baltimore County Detention Center in Towson. When asked what the bail meant to her, Archie said, "The bail system is unjust and mothers need to be with their...more

Chrysalinn Archie, a "Free Black Mamas DMV" volunteer, holds up a sign outside of the Baltimore County Detention Center in Towson. When asked what the bail meant to her, Archie said, "The bail system is unjust and mothers need to be with their babies." REUTERS/Michael A. McCoy
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Lt. Owens of the Prince George's County Department of Corrections speaks to detention center personnel to assist members of the Free Black Mamas DMV movement and Life After Release organization while they post bonds for mothers.

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Lt. Owens of the Prince George's County Department of Corrections speaks to detention center personnel to assist members of the Free Black Mamas DMV movement and Life After Release organization while they post bonds for mothers. REUTERS/Michael A....more

Lt. Owens of the Prince George's County Department of Corrections speaks to detention center personnel to assist members of the Free Black Mamas DMV movement and Life After Release organization while they post bonds for mothers. REUTERS/Michael A. McCoy
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Cheyenne Brewington (L) and Nee-Nee Taylor of the Black Lives Matter movement walk out of the Prince George's County Detention Center volunteers posted Brewington's bond. Brewington had been detained since April 18 and could not afford to post a $5,000 bond for 1st degree assault and $1,500 for traffic violations. 

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Cheyenne Brewington (L) and Nee-Nee Taylor of the Black Lives Matter movement walk out of the Prince George's County Detention Center volunteers posted Brewington's bond. Brewington had been detained since April 18 and could not afford to post a...more

Cheyenne Brewington (L) and Nee-Nee Taylor of the Black Lives Matter movement walk out of the Prince George's County Detention Center volunteers posted Brewington's bond. Brewington had been detained since April 18 and could not afford to post a $5,000 bond for 1st degree assault and $1,500 for traffic violations. REUTERS/Michael A. McCoy
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Members and volunteers of the "Free Black Mamas DMV" movement form a prayer circle with Paula Pouchie of Baltimore, Maryland, shortly after they posted her bond and she was released from the Baltimore County Detention Center. REUTERS/Michael A. McCoy

Members and volunteers of the "Free Black Mamas DMV" movement form a prayer circle with Paula Pouchie of Baltimore, Maryland, shortly after they posted her bond and she was released from the Baltimore County Detention Center. REUTERS/Michael A. McCoy

Members and volunteers of the "Free Black Mamas DMV" movement form a prayer circle with Paula Pouchie of Baltimore, Maryland, shortly after they posted her bond and she was released from the Baltimore County Detention Center. REUTERS/Michael A. McCoy
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Volunteers of "Free Black Mamas DMV" rally outside of the Prince George's County Detention Center in Upper Marlboro.

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Volunteers of "Free Black Mamas DMV" rally outside of the Prince George's County Detention Center in Upper Marlboro. REUTERS/Michael A. McCoy

Volunteers of "Free Black Mamas DMV" rally outside of the Prince George's County Detention Center in Upper Marlboro. REUTERS/Michael A. McCoy
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A member of the Prince George's County Department of Corrections K-9 unit patrols the detention center. REUTERS/Michael A. McCoy

A member of the Prince George's County Department of Corrections K-9 unit patrols the detention center. REUTERS/Michael A. McCoy

A member of the Prince George's County Department of Corrections K-9 unit patrols the detention center. REUTERS/Michael A. McCoy
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Emergency personnel provide aid to Nicole Hanson who was struck by a car while crossing the street after leaving the Baltimore County Detention Center to check the status of an inmate. She went to hospital for further medical attention.

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Emergency personnel provide aid to Nicole Hanson who was struck by a car while crossing the street after leaving the Baltimore County Detention Center to check the status of an inmate. She went to hospital for further medical...more

Emergency personnel provide aid to Nicole Hanson who was struck by a car while crossing the street after leaving the Baltimore County Detention Center to check the status of an inmate. She went to hospital for further medical attention. REUTERS/Michael A. McCoy
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A volunteers with the Free Black Mamas DMV movement makes a sign outside of the Prince George's County Detention Center. REUTERS/Michael A. McCoy

A volunteers with the Free Black Mamas DMV movement makes a sign outside of the Prince George's County Detention Center. REUTERS/Michael A. McCoy

A volunteers with the Free Black Mamas DMV movement makes a sign outside of the Prince George's County Detention Center. REUTERS/Michael A. McCoy
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Volunteers of "Free Black Mamas DMV" participate in a video conference with members of the National Bail Out collective while waiting for mothers to be released from the Baltimore County Detention Center in Towson. REUTERS/Michael A. McCoy

Volunteers of "Free Black Mamas DMV" participate in a video conference with members of the National Bail Out collective while waiting for mothers to be released from the Baltimore County Detention Center in Towson. REUTERS/Michael A. McCoy

Volunteers of "Free Black Mamas DMV" participate in a video conference with members of the National Bail Out collective while waiting for mothers to be released from the Baltimore County Detention Center in Towson. REUTERS/Michael A. McCoy
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