About

We Pay Bail.

Our Mission?

Our mission is to help people unable to afford bail gain their release from pre-trial detention, using community donations.


Bail?

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.

We’ve had to get operational far faster than we expected. In response to the pandemic we’ve focused on lowering the amount of people in the jail as much as we can. In response to the civil unrest sparked by the murder of George Floyd, we’re determined to show solidarity with the Black Lives Matter and abolitionist movements by paying the bail of those arrested while protesting.


Transparency:

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.


Our Process

We’ve had to get operational far faster than we expected. In response to the pandemic we’ve focused on lowering the amount of people in the jail as much as we can.

We are focusing on those most vulnerable to the virus. Please contact us if you know anyone being incarcerated pre-trial at the Forsyth County Detention Center who is older or has a medical condition. We can’t make any promises regarding anyone’s bail but with your help we can draw up a list to aim for.

In response to the civil unrest sparked by the murder of George Floyd, we’re determined to show solidarity with the Black Lives Matter and abolitionist movements by paying the bail of those arrested while protesting.

We retain final discretion over who is and is not able to receive our funds.

We are not a legal service organization and the communications, thoughts, and expressions of any representative of the Forsyth County Community Bail Fund do not constitute solicitation or provision of legal advice.


Contact Us

Email: Forsythcountycbf@gmail.com

Phone: (336) 909 8515

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