Ahh, Mother’s Day — For some it conjures the smell of chocolate chip cookies baking in the oven; the sting of Bactine and band aids on the knee; or long nights mom spent wiping away our crocodile tears.
Our mothers taught us how to be upstanding citizens, to do the right thing and respect other people. Invariably, they would also sometimes dress us in funny clothes or brightly colored shoes we didn’t like. But heck, we still loved our mothers and would do anything in the world for them.
However, it’s unfortunate, but very real when we in the bail bonds business hear, “my mom was arrested last night, what do I need to do to get her out?” There’s something just not right about the sound of it. Families typically band together at times like this to figure out what to do to in order to bail their matriarch out of jail; especially when it’s around or approaching a holiday. They want them out, they want them home and anyone can understand their frustration.
Since 1980, the number of women in custody in State and Federal prisons has risen dramatically. The Bureau of Justice Statistics has reported at least 75 percent of jailed women are mothers, most who have two or more children. Prior to incarceration, these mothers were far more likely than dads to have been the children’s primary caregiver. Federal statistics show children are five times more likely to end up in a foster care situation when a mother is sent to prison than if a father is imprisoned.
So as we draw near to Mother’s Day this year, I hope you get to be with the number one lady in your life. Whether you’re going out to dinner, or passing through a metal detector to be with her; at least you can still spend some quality time together. And this time, you bring the chocolate chip cookies. Have a happy Mother’s Day!