With your help, within five years, we will establish 40 sites across the country with the goal of paying bail for 160,000 people over that period. There is a long tradition in the United States of black communities pooling money to buy their loved ones out of slavery. That tradition continues into the present day in the form of community bail funds all across the country. Churches, advocacy groups, and other community members have joined together for decades to post bail, hire attorneys, and provide resources after release.
As the criminal legal system grew, communities responded with local efforts to raise bail for family and friends but struggled to keep pace with mass incarceration. Our work builds on those efforts. Our entree into that deep history came in the form of representing people who couldn’t afford cash bail in New York. The Bail Project advances our commitment to reduce the human suffering caused by this unjust system and end mass incarceration.
We’re proven. We started out in the Bronx a decade ago and now we’re expanding this model to other high-need jurisdictions.
100% of individual donations go directly towards paying bail. Every donation made through BailProject.org goes directly into the revolving bail fund, where it is used for the sole purpose of helping bring people home. Our organizational operating costs are funded separately.
With your help and in partnership with a broad, multi-faceted movement to end unaffordable cash bail, we will disrupt a system that criminalizes race and poverty.
We’re answering fundamental questions about our criminal legal system. We know that hundreds of thousands of people are held in pretrial incarceration every year, but there is still so much that we don’t know about the human cost of bail abuses. We’ll collect, analyze, and open-source data from all of our sites to demonstrate the impact of cash bail at a national level, better inform institutional reforms, and effect systemic change.