This past Mother's Day, BALT worked with nearly two dozen local and national groups across the country to come together for the first ever National Mamas Bail Out Day. This historic event bailed out Black mothers so they could be reunited with their families and communities for Mother’s Day. BALT was able to successfully raise over $25,000 and bail out 10 individuals in time for the holiday. During the month of June, BALT aims to continue to free Black fathers, mothers, and members of the LGBTQ community in solidarity with Fathers day, Juneteenth, and Pride. Once again, we can't do it without your support. Consider donating to our bail out fund to help reunite families.
With your help we can continue to work to dismantle the inhumane cash bail system.
It is estimated that everyday an average of 700,000 people are separated from their families and condemned to cages simply because they can not afford to pay bail. In addition to the over $9 billion wasted to incarcerate folks who have been convicted of no crime, pre-trial incarceration has catastrophic impacts on families and communities. This action will highlight the human costs of money bail and will leverage our collective power and resources to bail Black people out so they can return home to their families and communities.
For the latest on bail reform efforts in Baltimore, please visit the Coalition for Safe and Just Maryland's website to read the statement on the rejection of Senate Bill 983. BALT urges Marylanders to build upon the action that's been taken to ensure future legislation is passed to bring about change in Maryland's pretrial system.
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Important note: BALT will not use any bail bonding services for this effort.