A large bail can be an insurmountable obstacle to going home
For those who’ve been arrested and charged with a crime, this can mean spending months or even years in jail awaiting trial. The good news is that there are many organizations across the US involved in the fight for bail reform.
Excessive Bail Stories
The Kenneth Humphrey case is important because it was the first case that we know of that requires judges to consider a person’s ability to pay before setting money bail. Because of this case, all California courts must consider, to a certain extent, a person’s ability to pay.
“Defendant in landmark San Francisco bail case released from jail” (San Francisco Chronicle)
What You Can Do
Get involved to help reduce the burden of excessive bail.
Connect with organizations that work to bail people out, including:
National Bail Out Collective, a community-based movement to end pretrial detention and mass incarceration
The Bail Project, which combats mass incarceration at the front end by paying bail for tens of thousands of low-income Americans at risk of pretrial detention
Brooklyn Community Bail Fund, which pays bail for New Yorkers who can’t afford even modest amounts
Appolition lets you automatically donate your spare change from your purchases to various community bail funds