POVERTY IS NOT A CRIME.
People who can’t afford to post bail are paying with their lives. Money bail unjustly punishes the poor and disproportionately impacts Black and Brown people. Everyday tens of thousands of innocent people, including a growing number of women, children, LGBTQIA, and differently-abled, are held in cages simply because they can’t afford to make bail. Even a few days in jail can have a devastating impact on a person’s life. They may lose their job, their housing and some may even lose custody of their children.
● In New York alone, 79% of those detained in jail have not been convicted of a crime
● Though 53% of NY residents are Black/Latino, 89% of Rikers detainees are Black/Latino
● Detaining a person at Rikers Island for a year costs taxpayers $247,000, money that could be better spent on education, health and community-based services.
ROBERT F. KENNEDY Human Rights
Since 2016, Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights, thanks to the help of thousands of supporters and volunteers, has paid bail for over 150 women, queer people, and young people who were unjustly incarcerated pre-trial. This work is inspired by the #closeRIKERS campaign, local bail funds, and the visionary Black Love Bailout actions. Bail payment is a direct service and a political action that speaks to an inalienable human right: no one should be held in a cage simply because they cannot afford the ransom on their freedom.
All proceeds donated through this portal go directly to paying incarcerated people’s bail.