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Video: Tampa Bay group pays bails for moms with low-level offenses in time for Mother's Day

A local group put up the cash to get moms out of Pinellas County Jail on bail Thursday in time for them to spend the weekend with their families for Mother's Day.

Tampa Bay area black advocate group the Dream Defenders partnered with criminal justice organizations for what's been dubbed #BailoutDay across the country to free local women.

The group helped black women who are awaiting trial for small offenses but haven't been able to afford the "often exorbitant prices" of their bails. They started out on their mission Tuesday morning around 10 a.m. by working to post the bail for four women.

"Money bail and the industry that profits from it has been destroying families and our communities for a long time," the group wrote in a release. "We want that system to end and for these mothers to be home with their families for Mother's Day."

The Dream Defenders began the day of bailouts with a "love bomb" at noon outside the Pinellas County Jail on 49th Street that included music, letter-sharing and words of encouragement for those mothers making bail, the group said.

Then, the group toopk the mothers to be pampered at a salon and to a homecoming dinner at Chief's Creole Cafe Thursday evening.

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