Kwame Kilpatrick's mother offers Detroit home as collateral in effort to get son out of prison

Published On: Mar 18 2013 10:47:52 PM EDT   Updated On: Mar 18 2013 11:04:32 PM EDT

Kwame Kilpatrick's mother is offering to put her home up as collateral to ensure her son will return.


Former Detroit mayor Kwame Kilpatrick is behind bars and trying desperately to get out and back to Texas to see his family. His mother, former congresswoman Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick, is literally putting her house on the line to make it happen.

Read more: Kilpatrick seeks release from prison

Kilpatrick's defense team is asking the federal court to release him from prison on bond while he awaits sentencing. According to court documents, Kilpatrick's mother is offering to put her home up as collateral to ensure her son will return.

Local 4 cameras were rolling as Cheeks Kilpatrick made her way inside her Detroit home on Monday. However, she verbally turned away Local 4 reporter Bisi Onile-Ere at her door.

According to, Cheeks Kilpatrick's west Detroit home is worth $107,000, a far cry from six years ago when the house was valued at more than $300,000.

Kwame Kilpatrick's defense lawyer argues Kilpatrick is not a flight risk and has no money to flee. A judge last week thought otherwise and immediately ordered Kilpatrick to prison after a jury found him guilty on several corruption charges including racketeering.

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