Bailout Funds for Protesters

National Bailout 

We are reuniting families, creating a national community of leaders who have experienced incarceration, and working with groups across the country to transform harmful systems to keep our people safe and free. Please consider making a donation.

The Bail Project, Inc.

The Bail Project™ National Revolving Bail Fund is on a mission to combat mass incarceration and reshape the pretrial system in the United States. 100% of online donations are used to bring people home. Since bail money comes back to us when cases close, we’re able to recycle every dollar donated at least twice per year. Please consider making a donation.

Brooklyn Community Bail Fund

Brooklyn Community Bail Fund secures the freedom of New Yorkers who would otherwise be detained pretrial due to their poverty alone. We are committed to challenging the criminalization of race, poverty and immigration status, the practice of putting a price on fundamental rights, and the persistent myth that bail is a necessary element of the justice system.

Leveraging our groundbreaking work as a charitable bail fund, BCBF joined with other community-based organizations, immigration advocates and legal services providers to form the New York Immigrant Freedom Fund program (NYIFF). Operated by BCBF, the NYIFF program secures the freedom of New Yorkers held in ICE detention who cannot afford to pay bond. Please consider making a donation.

Florida Bail Fund

The Florida Bail Fund @ the Florida Justice Center is a new effort supporting protesters on the front lines of the fight against racism, homophobia, sexism, mass incarceration, police brutality, and the criminalization of poverty. We pay bail for those who cannot afford it and who are striving to make society a better, more just, and equitable place for all people. Please consider making a donation.

New Orleans Safety and Freedom Fund

Together, we will make New Orleans a safer, more equitable place to live, by redesigning the role money plays in the criminal justice system. Safety and Freedom Fund supporters make both social and economic impact. In addition to helping a fellow New Orleanian maintain their dignity and liberty as they fight their case, research shows that posting bail on someone’s behalf recovers an average of $2,000 in economic opportunity otherwise lost while sitting in jail unable to work. Please consider making a donation.

Memphis Community Bail Fund 

Currently, bail fund candidates are referred exclusively by the Office of the Shelby County Public Defender. The Memphis Community Bail Fund is a revolving fund supported by donations from the community. It helps people avoid the potentially devastating consequences of extended pretrial detention. As long as a bail fund client returns to court as directed, the cash bail is returned to the fund and used to support future clients. Once it’s capitalized, a bail fund can be sustained with minimal additional donations. Please consider making a donation.

Chicago Community Bond Fund (CCBF) 

The Chicago Community Bond Fund (CCBF) pays bond for people charged with crimes in Cook County, Illinois. Through a revolving fund, CCBF supports individuals whose communities cannot afford to pay the bonds themselves and who have been impacted by structural violence. Inability to pay bond results in higher rates of conviction, longer sentences, loss of housing and jobs, separation of families, and lost custody of children. By paying bond, CCBF restores the presumption of innocence before trial and enables recipients to remain free while fighting their cases. CCBF also engages in public education about the role of bond in the criminal legal system and advocates for the abolition of money bond. CCBF is committed to long-term relationship building and organizing with people most directly impacted by criminalization and policing. Please consider making a donation.

PDX Protest Bail Fund

The General Defense Committe Local 1 in Portland, Oregon, has established a fundraiser to cover bail and other legal expenses for protesters arrested in Portland, Oregon in connection to protests against George Floyd’s murder by Minneapolis police, along with general police brutality. At last count, more than 14 protestors were arrested. We expect that number to rise — processing appears to be unusually slow at the Multnomah County Justice Center. Please consider making a donation.

Philly Bailout

The mission of the Philadelphia Community Bail Fund is to end cash bail in our city. Until that day, we post bail for our neighbors who cannot afford to pay. Please consider making a donation.

Columbus Freedom Fund

The Columbus Freedom Fund is a community bail fund centered on Black liberation and freedom started in 2019. Our fiscal sponsor is Women Have Option – Ohio, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. Donations are tax deductible. Please consider making a donation.

Colorado Freedom Fund

Founded in 2018, Colorado Freedom Fund (CFF) is a revolving fund that pays ransom (posts money bond, pays cash bail) for people unable to afford the cost of buying their own freedom. #FreeThemAll #BringOurNeighborsHome. Please consider making a donation.

Minnesota Freedom Fund

With solemn gratitude, we have been flooded with tens of thousands donations large and small, totalling around $20 million dollars. We did not ask for or anticipate this massive outpouring of support. We simply said yes to the call to support and bail out people jailed for protesting for justice for George Floyd. We will walk with transparency and accountability to use those funds to first and foremost pay bail for those who have shown up in love and grief and rage to demand justice for the murder of George Floyd, and then to post bail in our community for those who are held pretrial simply because they cannot pay and to post bonds to free people from ICE detention. We are dedicated to staying true to our central mission and the intent of these donations–which is freedom. Please consider making a donation.

Bail Funds/Legal Help by City

Bail fund and legal defense information for cities throughout the U.S. This document is being collaborated on by a team of volunteers and is being updated daily/nightly. Please consider making a donation.