Bailed out Memphis moms spend Mother's Day with their kids

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Several Mid-South moms got to spend Mother's Day with their children thanks to the efforts of one group.

Members of Black Lives Matter Memphis Chapter posted bail for a number of mothers in time for the holiday.

"It's wonderful. It's amazing," Tiffany McDaniels said. "I got to spend Mother's Day with my children."

McDaniels had been away from her children for the past two weeks before Black Lives Matter bailed her out. She said she never committed the crime and wasn't able to afford to bail.

The group raised more than $35,000 to spark the campaign and reunite eight families.

The group discussed their success Monday afternoon.

"You have us in here. We haven't even gone to trial yet and you're holding us in jail for something you don't know if we did or not," McDaniels said.

According to court documents, McDaniels was arrested for attempted aggravated burglary.

"We're asking them to pass legislation for automatic release for all municipal offenses," Erica Perry, with Black Lives Matter, said.

Perry is referring to those who violate city and county ordinances and are arrested.

"What could we be doing with that money other than jailing people who aren't convicted of crimes," Shay Jones, Black Lives Matter, said.

The group said mass incarceration is a big problem and the money bail system is not effective.

"It's racial bias, bias against poor people, people of color," Jones said.

The group said they're planning to meet with county commissioners and the district attorney by next month.

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