Chicago Community Bond Fund

CCBF Annual Fundraiser

Help Free People from Cook County Jail

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We started out our year-end fundraiser with a goal of raising $40,000. After your generous donations started coming in well ahead of schedule, we raised our goal to $60,000. Now, after all the checks have come in, the online donations tallied, and the house parties and tabling events added up: you raised $120,000 to free people from Cook County Jail and home incarceration in 2017! We are so, so grateful to the more than 700 people who donated directly and the countless friends and family members who attended events, shared our campaign pages or articles, or offered support in other ways. If you've been meaning to donate and haven't yet, it's not too late! You can still make a tax-deductible donation for 2016 as long as we receive your donation by December 31st.

You can help Chicago Community Bond Fund free people like Lee from Cook County Jail and end the use of monetary bond in Illinois! Lee was incarcerated for more than 8 months because he couldn’t post his $2,500 bond. We’re raising $60,000 before the end of the year to post bond for people, tell their stories, and end pretrial detention.

In the past year, donations from generous people like you have freed 45 people from Cook County Jail or home confinement. You have enabled us to post more than $250,000 in bond!

Your support is building a movement to end cash bond and pretrial detention in Cook County. The people you’ve helped bond out are reshaping public discussion by appearing with CCBF volunteers on television, in print, and online.

Over half of the 8,000 people in Cook County Jail have not been convicted of a crime and are incarcerated because they cannot afford to post bond. People who can’t afford bond:

  • Lose their jobs and suffer evictions, even after just a few days of incarceration;
  • Plead guilty to crimes they didn’t commit, just to get out faster;
  • Receive longer sentences; and
  • Have a greater chance of being found guilty by a jury; because of the stigma of being brought into court in a jail uniform.

Your donation to bond people out restores the presumption of their innocence and allows them to fight their cases from the outside, with the support of friends and family.

The Chicago Community Bond Fund believes that money should not be a factor in whether or not someone gets out of jail. The criminal justice system should not punish people for being poor.

In 2017, Chicago Community Bond Fund will continue to work to abolish monetary bond and end pretrial detention. In the meantime, we will bond even more people out of Cook County Jail—but we can’t do it without you.

Donate today so that more families can welcome their loved ones home!

Take a look at our first annual report!

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Your donations to CCBF are tax-deductible.

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Donations in Honor of Others

To make a donation to CCBF in honor of someone special, please include their name and email address below. For donations of $100 or more, you can include their postal address and they will receive a CCBF postcard.