Community Activism · Support Immigrants and Refugees

Donate To These Bail Funds Across America

This OTYCD entry originally appeared in January 2018.

Donate to these bail funds across America and help poor people gain release from jail to await trial at home.

 

Being poor is not a crime, but all too often, it seems that way. The justice system can, and too often does, impose bail requirements on arrestees who have no hope of raising the money. They languish in jail, risking their jobs, homes, and families, and taking a space that’s better set aside for a more dangerous individual.

 

Bail funds help the poor by lending or giving them the money they need to gain their release. A few months back, OTYCD wrote about the Massachusetts Bail Fund, which was swamped with bail requests and almost had to close as a result:

https://onethingyoucando.com/2017/12/03/support-the-massachusetts-bail-fund/

 

Fortunately, enough donors stepped up to resolve the crisis and place the fund on firmer footing.

 

On November 28, 2017, Clint Smith III, an author and Harvard Ph.d candidate, tweeted a thread of links to bail funds across the country.

 

We have collected the information that he tweeted and have reproduced it here. Full credit goes to Smith, who you should follow (@ClintSmithIII).

 

Giving to bail funds helps poor people from sliding even further into poverty. Your donation allows adults in dire straits to continue to go to work and tend to their families while they wait for their cases to proceed through the justice system.

 

 

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The Bronx Freedom Fund

https://secure.thebronxfreedomfund.org/page/contribute/donate

http://www.thebronxfreedomfund.org

@BronxFreedom

 

 

The Brooklyn Community Bail Fund

https://brooklynbailfund.org/donate/

https://brooklynbailfund.org

@BKBailFund

 

 

The Chicago Community Bond Fund

https://www.chicagobond.org/#donate

https://www.chicagobond.org

@ChiBondFund

 

 

Just City Memphis (located in Tennessee)

https://justcity.org/give/

https://justcity.org

@JustCity901

 

 

Louisville Community Bail Fund (located in Kentucky; this is a YouCaring page)

https://www.youcaring.com/louisvillecommunitybailfund-852974

 

 

The Massachusetts Bail Fund

https://www.massbailfund.org/donate.html

https://www.massbailfund.org

@MassBailFund

 

 

The Minnesota Freedom Fund

https://minnesotafreedomfund.org/donate-to-mff/

https://minnesotafreedomfund.org

 

 

Northwest Community Bail Fund (located in Seattle)

https://www.eservicepayments.com/cgi-bin/specialwebapp.vps?appid=40a27221f816144b21e9f2e0d81891b8a68820b814b79fc6caf83c6a4fcf06b22f288aa4a34fa442a76b20a4eb1041b0e5b6ec8d39e70fe530241e2c3d6d7464&bywebssid=b9035a2d5513d3f0f025f48a7c4ec50f9cf681d7

https://www.nwcombailfund.org/get_involved

@NWComBailFund

 

 

The Philadelphia Community Bail Fund

http://www.phillybailout.com/product/donate/

http://www.phillybailout.com

 

 

The Richmond Community Bail Fund (located in Virginia)

https://secure.squarespace.com/commerce/donate?donatePageId=5934e1e120099e9f00aed4f9

https://rvabailfund.org

@RVABailFund

 

 

You can also support bail funds that specifically help immigrants and migrants.

 

The Immigrant Bail Fund (which serves individuals in Connecticut)

https://www.immigrantbailfund.org/take-action/

https://www.immigrantbailfund.org

@migrantbailfund

 

Immigrant Family Defense Fund (which serves individuals in California)

https://immigrantfamilies.org/getinvolved/

https://immigrantfamilies.org

@immfamilies

 

Here also is a December 30, 2017 blog post from Prison Culture (@prisonculture) which lists still more bail funds (scroll down for others not listed above):

http://www.usprisonculture.com/blog/2017/12/30/its-national-freethepeopleday-on-new-years-eve/