According to the Legal Aid Justice Center, Virginia’s pretrial detention rate is above the national average! Virginia’s poor communities, especially communities of color, are disproportionally targeted for money bail. Money bail refers to the amount of money a judge or magistrate requires someone to pay in order to get out of jail before their trial begins. It criminalizes poverty and causes harm to both the person affected and their loved ones.
If someone cannot afford bail, they are kept in jail until the trial begins. Even then, there is no guarantee of freedom as a case can be continued for a multitude of reasons, trapping individuals into a cycle of increased poverty. The Prison Policy Initiative identifies those affected by money bail as making considerably less than those who are not incarcerated. The Bail Project’s “After Cash Bail” outlines not only the psychological, physical, social, and sexual harms that occur within jails, but also provides a clear roadmap to addressing the reliance on the pretrial detention system as a form of control on the poor communities across the nation.
Humanities Behind Bars has created a revolving 757 Solidarity Bail Fund to support protesters and those within the Hampton Roads community who are in need of money for bail. We believe no one should be incarcerated simply because they cannot pay bail fees. We have a dedicated group of volunteers who answer requests and get team members to aid our comrades in need. At this time, all donations made to Humanities Behind Bars or Tidewater Solidarity go directly to the 757 Solidarity Bail Fund! Feel free to save and share the flyer below with others!
If you or someone you know are in need of bail please contact us:
For someone: 757-550-0824
From jail: 757-759-7213