(KAIT/NBC) - A group in Kalamazoo, Mich., planned to bond out mothers in jail Friday in time for Mother's Day.
The group claims most women remain in jail because they can't afford to pay a small fine or a ticket, not because of serious charges.
A national Bond Out Moms movement gave community organizer Elisheva Johnson an idea. She helped set up a GoFundMe page that raised about $1,700. Some of the money will be spent to bail out moms from the Kalamazoo jail. The rest of the funds will be used to take the moms to brunch.
"We thought, 'Okay, what will we need?' We said we probably need about $5,000. But when we started to look at people's bonds, they were really, really low. So we didn't really need as much money as we thought," said Johnson.
The organizer said it's important to remember that most people with bonds haven't been proven guilty of any crime.
"They're in jail because they can't afford to get out," Johnson said. "Lots of times people lose their jobs, they lose their housing, just because they're locked up on what we call crimes of poverty."
Johnson said they plan to bond the mothers out of jail on Friday.