COVID Bail Out NYC is volunteer-powered, so 100% of your donation goes directly towards getting people out of NYC jails and supported once free. Because of your support, Covid Bail Out NYC can pay bail for people facing acute dangers in the city jails and cover their vital post-release support needs, such as housing, PPE, food, medical care & healing.
Covid Bail Out is the only NYC initiative organized to pay bail for everyone, no matter the charges, no matter the bail amount. We're committed to create the conditions necessary to #FreeThemAll.
And every dollar counts! Since April, over 6,000 people have donated $5 and up, allowing us to bail out 220 people (so far) from Rikers and other city jails. That's people power.
TOGETHER we can bail out our neighbors and support them when freed.
While COVID-19 rates have dropped in New York City, the virus is still raging on Rikers. At the same time, the state is using the pandemic as a pretext to send more people to NYC jails for longer, and to ramp up criminalization of the city's Black and brown communities. Meanwhile, violence in the city jails is rising. This moment calls on us to be our own protectors.
Over 3,000 people are in NYC jails right now, simply because they can't afford to pay bail. By paying bail, we can get our neighbors free, out of the clutches of the state and into the safety of communities. Each time we do this, we honor the traditions and power of our enslaved ancestors, who organized and pooled their resources to buy each other's freedom.
How do we do it? We mobilize a whole village of people just like you committed to #FreeThemAll. It takes dedicated lawyers and family/friends to request we pay bail. People to donate funds to cover bail and post-release support. A committed volunteer team to work with the people inside, their lawyers, family, social workers, friends to prepare them for release. More volunteers to travel to bail windows to post bail. Volunteer notary publics. And a beautiful crew of skilled community organizers to corral support for folks after they are released.
We invite you to work with us to get our people out of NYC jails and into the safety of their communities. Reach out if you have any questions or ideas!
221 people freed from NYC jails!
(as of October 29, 2020)