End Money Bail

Mass incarceration starts with money bail; our freedom starts with ending it

Credit: Color of Change

On any given night, more than 450,000 people in the United States who have not been convicted of any crime are locked up in jail simply because they don't have enough money to pay bail. Universalism means no one is disposable and interdependence means that none of us are truly free as long as people are in jail.

The money bail system unfairly jails individuals and saddles them with unreasonable financial burdens. Individuals awaiting trial -- people who haven’t been convicted of any crime -- spend months incarcerated simply because they can’t afford bail. Even more disheartening, research has shown that individuals who can’t afford bail are more likely to be convicted in court than someone who was released on bail.

Love Resists has joined Black Lives of Unitarian Universalism (BLUU) in working to end money bail and this system of criminalizing individuals for being poor.

Start now

  • Watch Jailed for Being Poor, a Love Resists and BLUU webinar featuring people who have been impacted by these injustices as well as volunteers and staff at several community bond funds. Regardless of your familiarity at the start, you will leave the webinar with ideas of how you and your congregation can support the fight to #EndMoneyBail.

Resources on the Movement to End Money Bail

Other Bail Bond Funds