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.
National Bail Out, is a formation of Black organizers committed to building a community-based movement to end pretrial detention. They launched the Black Mama’s Bail Out campaign last Mother’s Day and have had over 14,000 people donate to bring nearly 200 people home to their families and communities, where they belong. All-of-Us must support these efforts to #FreeBlackMamas this Mother’s Day and #EndMoneyBail.
Here’s how:Download National Bail Out’s toolkit to find out how to support or lead a bail out in your community