The National Bail Out collective is a Black-led and Black-centered collective of abolitionist organizers, lawyers and activists building a community-based movement to end systems of pretrial detention and mass incarceration.
The collective launched in May 2017 with the campaign “National Mamas Bail Out Day” to post bail for Black mothers who would otherwise be separated from their children on Mother’s Day. The effort raised enough funds to free about 100 women who were in jail awaiting trial and sparked a year-round movement.
Of the approximately 100,000 women in local U.S. jails, two-thirds are women of color, an estimated 80 percent are mothers, most are single parents, and many of them (including those arrested for nonviolent offenses) await trial behind bars just because they can't afford to post bail.
The U.S. bail system tears families apart - in supporting National Bail Out, you can help free Black mamas from jails and immigrant detention centers this Mother’s Day. Our criminal justice system cruelly punishes people just for being poor, and while there is systemic change to be made, we can take a step in correcting these historic wrongs by supporting Black mamas this week.