NC Community Bail Fund of Durham
 

What we do

 

  1. Post low-cost bail for people who could otherwise not afford it

  2. Return clients to their homes, jobs, and communities, in turn giving them a more equitable case procedure

  3. Upon court appearance and/or case resolution, the bail is returned to the fund to help others in need


 

THE WHY: POVERTY IS CRIMINALIZED


Leaving people with two options:

 
 

GET OUT OF PRISON

Rely on fee-based bail bonds agents

Submit guilty plea

REMAIN IN PRISON

Costing tax payers upwards of $70/night

Risk losing their homes, jobs, and children

 

 
 

CONSequences Of Pre-trial Detention


increased LIKELIHOOD OF:

 
 

Prison Sentence

43% more likely to be sentenced to jail

RECIDIVISM

30% increase in felony arrests within 18 months of case resolution

 
 

Longer Sentence Terms

More than 2x longer sentences than defendants released pretrial

GUILTY PLEAS

25% increase in pleading guilty

 
 
 

Bail fund impact


 
 
 
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To-date

Advocated for over $700,000 in Unsecured Bonds

Paid Eight Secured Bonds To-Date

Observed court in hundreds of cases

Diverted over 1,000 days of pre-trial incarceration

 

Bail reform and supporting individuals through the criminal justice system is a community-wide effort. To continue the work, please consider donating on a monthly or one-time basis.