“Money kept them in.
Black love got them out.”
— Pat Hussain, Co-founder of Southerners on New Ground
Everyday an average of 700,000 people are condemned to local jails and separated from their families. A majority of them are there simply because they cannot afford to pay bail. The organizations involved in the National Bail Out are working to end money bail and in the meantime get as many people out of cages and back to their families as we can.
Thanks to your overwhelming love and generosity we have bailed out nearly two hundred people and provided needed housing, mental health and treatment support. While we were able to bring some of our people home, tens of thousands of our loved ones remain caged in local jails simply because they cannot afford to buy their freedom.
In 2018 we will keep bailing out our people and continue our local campaigns to end pretrial detention. But we need your help! Donate to help us bring more of our loved ones home and fight against the impact of inhumane and destructive bail practices.
Why do we do bail outs?
Everyday tens of thousands of people languish in jail simply because they cannot afford bail. In addition to the over $9 billion wasted to incarcerate people who have been convicted of no crime, pre-trial incarceration has catastrophic impacts on families and communities. Even a few days in jail can ruin a person’s life. They may lose their job, their family may lose housing and some even lose their children.
Since 1980, the number of incarcerated people has grown by 500%. Fed by a racist War on Drugs, that our current Attorney General Jeff Sessions is trying to resurrect, millions of people have been taken from their families.
Pre-trial incarceration has catastrophic impacts on our communities in particular. Black people are over two times more likely to be arrested and once arrested are twice as likely to be caged before trial. Our LBGTQ and gender nonconforming family are targeted and caged at even more alarming rates, and once in jail are significantly more likely to be sexually and physically abused. For instance, one in five transgender women have spent time in prison or jail and one in three of them reported being sexually assaulted while there.
What can you do?
We can buy their freedom and push against mass criminalization and modern bondage!
In the tradition of our enslaved Black ancestors, who used their collective resources to purchase each other’s freedom before slavery was abolished, until we abolish bail and mass incarceration, we will free ourselves
In 2018, we will launch another round of BailOuts to free even more people and to bring attention to the need for systemic change. We are inviting each of you to do a bail out in your city and will be dropping a toolkit in early January to help more people get involved.
What we have done so far…
Since May 2017 over 14,000 people have donated to bring nearly 200 people home to their families and communities, where they belong. Thanks to your support organizers and community members in Oakland, Los Angeles, St. Petersburg, Montgomery, Memphis, Durham, Atlanta, Houston, New York City, Little Rock, Charlottesville, Charlotte, Kinston, Birmingham, Baltimore, Philadelphia, St. Louis and the D.C. area welcomed community members home with love, support and offerings. Now we are working hard to help our people get back on their feet. Because our cities and states invest in jails and cages instead of services or support many our people do not have the basic resources they need to take care of themselves or their families. With your generosity we have been able to provide short-term housing, healthcare, transportation, drug treatment, and mental health services to those who need it.
Who are we…
The National Bail Out collective is a formation of Black organizers who are committed to building a community based movement to end pretrial detention and ultimately mass incarceration. We are working to end systems of mass incarceration and support our communities. We are queer, trans, young, elder, and immigrant.