TOGETHER we can bail out our neighbors and support them when freed.
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 daily for people facing acute danger in the city jails and cover their vital post-release support needs, such as housing, PPE, food, medical care & healing.
And every dollar counts! Since April, over 6,000 people have donated $25 and up, allowing us to bail out nearly 200 people (so far) from Rikers and other city jails. That's people power.
The COVID-19 virus is still raging on Rikers at 4x New York City's infection rate. Violence in the city jails is rising. And the state is using the pandemic as a pretext to send more people to jail for longer, and to target and criminalize the city's Black and brown communities.
Nearly 3,000 people are in NYC jails right now, simply because they can't afford to pay bail. We believe no-one should be in jail. By paying bail - with your help - we can get these folks free, out of the clutches of the state, and into the safety of communities. Each time we do this, we honor our enslaved ancestors, who organized to pool 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 the 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!