Home for the Holidays
Help us BAIL OUT CONNECTICUT RESIDENTS FROM BOTH PRETRIAL AND IMMIGRATION JAIL SO THEY CAN BE FREE FOR THE HOLIDAYS.
Thousands of Connecticut residents are incarcerated every day because they cannot afford bail—in both immigration detention (in deportation proceedings) and pretrial detention (presumptively innocent, in criminal proceedings) . For these people, it is difficult or impossible to access legal counsel while incarcerated. By posting their bails, we help stop their deportations and convictions, while preventing them from losing their jobs, housing, and custody of their children due to incarceration.
Our collective bail-out builds on a long history of black liberation and abolition struggles, including the 2017 Black Mama's Day Bail-Out. By bailing people out of both criminal and immigration jail, we aim to expose how the two systems combine to create a pipeline from racist policing to mass detention to mass deportation. The long-term goal of our coalition is to abolish money bail, the criminalization of poverty, mass incarceration, and mass deportation.
Our goal is to raise $35,000 to bring as many people as possible back into our community in time for the holidays. The first $10,000 will be doubled with a matching donation!
All contributions are tax-exempt. The lead organizers of this campaign are the Connecticut Bail Fund and Immigrant Bail Fund, which, since November 2016, have freed over 75 people from pretrial and immigration detention, providing them and their families with community support throughout their legal proceedings.
PARTICIPATING ORGANIZATIONS INCLUDE: