Mama’s Bail Out Fund, a project within the National Bail Fund Network, focuses on bailing mothers out of jail and bringing them home to their children and families.
Since 1980, the number of incarcerated people has grown by 500%. Everyday tens of thousands of people languish in jail not because they have been proven guilty but simply because they cannot afford bail. In addition to the over $9 billion wasted to incarcerate people who have been convicted of no crime, pre-trial incarceration has catastrophic impacts on families and communities…Black and LGBTQ communities in particular. Even a few days in jail can ruin a person’s life. They may lose their job, their family may lose housing and some even lose their children.
The National Bail Fund Network, which includes Mama’s Bail Out Fund, is working with community bail funds across the country to end money bail, to get as many people back to their families as possible, and to counter the impact of mass incarcerations.