Our goal is to help people unable to afford bail gain their release from pre-trial detention, using community donations.
The cash bail system reinforces class divisions through wealth discrimination by detaining people living in poverty on bonds they cannot possibly pay. When a person is able to return to a place of shelter and security from pre-trial detention, they are then able to continue working, paying bills, and/or providing for their family.
Cash bail is ineffective in ensuring that people will return to court for the conclusion of their cases; most people return to court regardless of whether or not bail was set at all. Many of those in pre-trial detention feel pressure to take a plea deal to get out earlier rather than go to trial, even if they would normally plead not guilty to the charges. Many, if they stay in detention, will eventually have their cases dismissed anyway. The Forsyth County Community Bail Fund is committed to leveling the criminal justice playing field at least a little and bailing out as many people as possible until the bail system is reformed or abolished. Any donation helps.
**Due to COVID-19, we are focusing on those most vulnerable to the virus. Please contact us below if you know someone being incarcerated pre-trial at the Forsyth County Detention Center who is older or has a medical condition. We generally operate in the $2500 and under range and are still raising funds, so while we can’t make any promises regarding anyone’s bail, we can draw up a list to aim for.
Additionally, due to protests, we will be looking to bail out protesters as well.
The CBF has final discretion over who is and is not able to receive its funds.
The CBF board does not take payment. All donations go to bail or operating expenses. Once bail funds are received back from the court, they will go back into the pool to help bail out the next person. Feel free to contact us with questions.
President – Julie Brady
Vice President – Nathan Davis
Treasurer – Emily Thompson
Secretary – Richardo Brown
Treasurer’s Venmo: @Emily-Thompson-140
Checks can be sent to:
Forsyth County Community Bail Fund
1500 N Patterson Ave 1132
Winston-Salem, NC 27105
We are 501(c)(3) certified; donations are tax-deductible.
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