After organizing a “Mama’s Day Bail Out” in May 2018 through which we were able to help bail out 4 moms and financially assist 3 other moms with things like bus passes, emergency housing or clothes, it further illustrated the scope of people imprisoned in Roanoke jails for being poor - locked up because they can’t afford to pay their bail while waiting (sometimes indefinitely) for their day in court, and the need to collectively help address that. So our jail committee (Roanoke Jail Solidarity) decided to start a community bail fund, which can hopefully help prevent someone from losing their job, housing or even kids.
This is meant to be a "revolving" community bail fund, meaning we hope to use the majority of this money to directly bail people out (not go through a bondsperson), and then return that money to the bail fund after they go to court for others to use.
Anyone in a Roanoke jail in need of bail funds that we have available. Our main criteria is that the person have contact info, and we will be prioritizing those who are most vulnerable or marginalized (POC, LGBTQ), as well as political prisoners.
All power to the people!
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