Update on Bonds Paid in 2023
CCBF provides public updates on the operations of our Revolving Fund to remain transparent and accountable to the community that makes our work possible.
From January 1st, 2023, to April 5th, 2023 CCBF paid $68,300.00 to free 5 people from pretrial incarceration.
These requests came through community partners, referrals, our partnership with Believers Bail Out, and our hotline. Although CCBF has halted regular bond posting due to the ongoing litigation surrounding the Pretrial Fairness Act, we are accepting cases that present extenuating circumstances. These circumstances include, but are not limited to: pregnant people; primary parents of children under 1 years of age; LGBTQ+ people, particularly those who are trans and/or non-binary; activists arrested in relationship to a protest; high profile cases; officer involved shootings; severe medical conditions requiring high level continual care or surgery; and criminalized survivors. We currently post irregularly due to capacity and need.
Our highlight of this quarter was posting bond for a person who was granted a habeas corpus petition in his case. A habeas corpus petition is an effective remedy that a person, or someone acting on their behalf, can petition with the Court to protect against unlawful detention and indefinite imprisonment. It stands today as an effective remedy at the federal level. Through a collaborative effort our Revolving Fund, Cabrini Green Legal Aid, and attorneys at Kirkland and Ellis were able to assist with a bond for this person in support of his release. After spending 17 years of his life behind bars, serving time for a wrongful conviction, this person can now await his retrial within the safety of his own home as opposed to behind bars. These acts of solidarity reinforce the impact our movement can have in the face of systemic injustice.
Because of your support and our community partnerships, we can continue to fight and provide both bond support and post-release support to individuals wanting to free their loved ones from pretrial incarceration. Nobody deserves to fight for their freedom behind bars, and CCBF is here to make sure to advocate for people within our communities.