FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (WNCN) – A Fayetteville group is trying to get inmates out of jail.
There are more than 600 inmates in the Cumberland County jail, but the local group says they’re targeting a specific group of inmates to bail out.
The Fayetteville Police Accountability Community Task Force, or P.A.C.T, is trying to bail out mothers so they can be with their families this Mother’s Day.
“It’s actually an act of compassion and love on behalf of our organization,” said PACT organizer Shaun McMillan.
But they’re not trying to bail out just any mom turned inmate.
The group plans to pay the bonds for moms who have not been convicted, have not been proven guilty nor innocent, but are in jail waiting for a court date.
“They’re waiting in jail because they can’t afford bail and that’s the unfairness of the system right now, there’s no reason why somebody with access to funds should be on another tier or on a better tier than somebody that just doesn’t have the money to post bail,” said McMillan.
But the group can only bail out as many mothers as they have money to.
It’s the reason they’ve started a fundraiser hoping to get at least $1,000 and pick mothers to bail out from there.
“Our target is to take a look at people that are in pre-trial detention the week prior to mother’s day, even take nominations from the community if they have mothers in jail,” said McMillan.
It’s the first year they’ve tried the fundraiser, but organizers say they plan to keep it going until there are no cash bonds for inmates not yet convicted.
For more information about the fundraiser, click here.