As a group of black mothers walked out of jail in Atlanta on Thursday some were crying.
Onlookers expressed joy and happiness as the women were bailed out just in time for Mother’s Day to be at home with their families. Even some of the corrections officers were in tears.
“Folks were so grateful and some women were weeping. Some women had been in a cage for months, for days and were non-responsive and overwhelmed even though they knew that this was happening. I don’t think they realized how much love [was in the community for them],” said Mary Hooks, co-director of Southerners on New Ground, an Atlanta-based regional queer liberation organization and one of the groups that is organizing the bailouts.
A coalition of 25 groups across the country organized National Mama’s Bail Out Day to bring attention to ways in which the criminal justice system and the bail process is disproportionately affecting black mothers, Hooks said.