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. With one of the most backlogged court systems in the country, people wait years before going to trial. Even one night in jail can cause someone to lose their job, their housing, and even custody of their children.
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 no longer criminalizes poverty.
Did you know that right now, 1,200 high school-aged New Yorkers who have not been convicted are incarcerated on Rikers Island? They are sitting in jail because they cannot afford to pay bail. That's why we teamed up with RFK Human Rights, Youth Represent, and Brooklyn Community Bail Fund to bail as many kids as possible out before public schools start on September 7, and many more through the end of September.