Your contributions will enable us to provide bail assistance to make freedom accessible to everyone in Cecil County.
We focus on combatting local mass incarceration by making bail funds available to everyone regardless of financial resources.
We are a local nonprofit helping our community solely through donations from individuals and businesses that believe freedom is for everyone.
In addition to providing bail funds for those who need it the most we also seek to provide wrap around services to ensure that defendants are able to attend court dates and have the resources to reduce their risk of future incarceration.
In most states, including Maryland, our justice system treats individuals differently based on their financial resources. Our cash bail system makes freedom available only to those with access to money. People who have the money to post bail can fight their case from home while individuals who cannot spend days, weeks, or months behind bars. The longer an individual spends locked up awaiting trial, the greater their risk of losing employment, housing, and access to other basic needs regardless of guilt. In addition, their families and children are traumatized by losing their loved ones with minimal ability to remain in contact.
In addition, incarceration disproportionately impacts Black and Brown people. In Cecil County, the population of Black citizens is 6% while they make up 26% of the population in the Cecil County Detention Center. They are also disproportionally impacted by the cash bail system due to systemic racism within our capitalistic society.