Poverty is not a crime, but every day thousands of New Yorkers await trial in City jails because they cannot afford bail, which is often as low as $250.
For our community in the South Bronx, “innocent until proven guilty” does not apply, and with one of the most backlogged court systems, people wait years before going to trial. Even one night in jail can cause someone to lose their job, their housing, and time with their families.
We are a nonprofit with a revolving fund to pay bail for people accused of misdemeanors. Our goal is to keep people in their communities while they await trial – and to fight for a system that does the same.
Did you know that right now in New York, people are sitting in jail with only a $1 bail holding them in? Find out how you can join the Dollar Bail Brigade to help put an end to this ridiculous practice.