Become a partner of the Mass Bail Action

The Mass Bail Out Action is a collaborative effort to free New Yorkers who are jailed simply because they can’t afford to post their bail. We know the law: all are presumed innocent until proven guilty. Yet without even being charged or convicted, our system has normalized the practice of bail--destroying poor, black and brown communities throughout our city.  Through the efforts of dedicated community, organizers and advocates, the City of New York has agreed to close Rikers, however their plans leave too many of our people locked up for too long. We invite you to a partner with us in taking inspired action to drastically reduce the population of Rikers via a mass bail out of women, LGBTQ identified persons and youth beginning October 1st, 2018.

Over the course of two weeks, the Mass Bail Out Action will focus on two distinct jails at Rikers: the Rose M. Singer Center (RMSC), which cages women awaiting trial; and Robert N. Davoren Complex (RNDC), where minors are locked up. On average, 500 women and 100 children on any given day endure neglect, abuse, and isolation bin this facilities.

We believe that once we reduce the population on Rikers, we prove that we can shut down the entire Island with all deliberate speed. Through this Mass Bail Out, we intend to advance a tangible process of making justice real for all of us, redefining how we invest in our communities, and divest from harmful (and expensive) practices that do not make us safer.

The core organization managing the Mass Bail Out Action is Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights with input and guidance from an advisory committee of grassroots and advocacy organizations.

We invite your organization to become an official supporting partner of the Mass Bail Out Action by signing this action form today. Your endorsement will be made public as  part of the official  announcements and materials for the Mass Bail Out Action, including print and broadcast media and materials, website, social media and live events. Your support is important to those taking part in the bail out, those receiving bail and the many partners, organizations and individuals collaborating on this effort. If you have any questions, you can contact Partnership Coordinator Tia Oso - or Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights

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