Your donations will help us post bail for medically vulnerable people held in New York City jails and provide comprehensive post-release support, such as shelter and food, for these individuals.
You may choose how you want to donate:
Donations made via Venmo or PayPal will be used for both bail and post-release support.
Donations made via DonorBox (credit card or PayPal required) are tax deductible and will be used solely for post-release support.
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TOGETHER, WE CAN BAIL OUT OUR NEIGHBORS.
TOGETHER, WE CAN SUPPORT THEM WHEN FREED.
The COVID-19 virus is spreading faster in NYC jails than anywhere in the world. Thousands of people are being held pretrial at Rikers simply because they can't afford to pay bail. Among them are hundreds of medically vulnerable individuals.
Help us get them out.
COVID Bail Out NYC is an all volunteer, emergency grassroots initiative that has teamed up with Black Alliance for Just Immigration to get people safe and free. Please give generously.
COVID Bail Out is seeking volunteers who are willing and able to post bail for our incarcerated neighbors at the Brooklyn, Manhattan, or Queens Detention Centers. Each person is only allowed to bail out two people per month, so new volunteers are always needed.
Jails and prisons are the epicenter of COVID-19. Rikers Island has the highest rate of infection in the world.
In this moment, we are our own protectors. No one will care for us better than ourselves.
We won’t let our family, friends, and neighbors die on Rikers Island. So we are bailing them out.
We are calling for social workers, healers, mediators, people with conflict resolution or transformation justice practices to join us in supporting those returning home. The needs in this moment are enormous. Folks returning home have experienced the trauma of being caged amidst this horrifying pandemic and are now being released into a new and scary world with increasing restrictions on movement.
We are committed to reducing interactions with law enforcement, so we would like to build a community support team for people being bailed out, their families, communities, and people they are staying with. Everyone needs support when transitioning from being caged, and now we have the added distress from coronavirus.