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More than anything else, the ability to make bail separates the rich from the poor in the criminal justice system.
Those left to languish in jail, often in lieu of astonishingly small bail amounts are more likely to plead guilty (just to get out) and to serve more time in jail for an identical offense than someone wealthy enough to post the bail or bond. This pervasive injustice taints everything, and in order to combat it, The Bronx Freedom Fund created the first and largest not-for-profit bail fund in New York City.
Thanks to a hard-fought political campaign, New York State law now allows the operation of not-for profit bail funds, and The Bronx Freedom Fund is eager to answer the call. Statistics tell us that people who are detained during their pretrial period face drastically worse case outcomes than those who can afford their bail. Everyday, thousands of poor people languish in New York City jails because they cannot afford their bail - even when it is as low as $500 or $1,000.
The Bronx Freedom Fund helps poor residents of the Bronx fight their cases from a position of strength and freedom.
The board is looking for someone to administer this first-of-it's-kind fund, gather statistics, create best practices, and export the bail fund model across the state.
For some information about the problem and our solution to it, check out these recent articles..