The Revolving Fund
The Chicago Community Bond Fund (CCBF) operates a revolving fund that pays bond for people charged with crimes in Cook County. CCBF supports individuals whose communities who have been impacted by structural violence and whose bonds are completely out of proportion with their ability to pay. We are committed to building long-term relationships and organizing with people most directly impacted by criminalization and policing: people of color, especially Black people, and the poor. We believe that access to money should not determine freedom, that pretrial incarceration is fundamentally unjust, and that Chicagoans can take action now to help alleviate some of the harm caused by government policies while simultaneously working for systemic change.
How The Chicago Community Bond Fund Works
Police make an arrest. Some people charged with misdemeanors and all people charged with felonies go to bond court.
Bond decisions are made in mere minutes. This determines whether someone is released or detained while their case is pending.
People who can pay bond are released. People who cannot pay bond are incarcerated at Cook County Jail – often for months or even years.
Chicago Community Bond Fund helps family members and friends pay bond when they can’t afford it themselves.
After their bond is paid, the person is released from jail. People free on bond have better case outcomes than people are locked up.
At the conclusion of each case, the bond money is returned to CCBF’s revolving fund and can be used to free more from Cook County Jail.
Due to an increase of requests for bond support this year, CCBF plans to close the hotline from April 15th to May 6th, and again from July 15th to August 12th of 2022. In an effort to fulfill our promises to the community, we will need to close the hotline occasionally in order to effectively address requests for assistance to pay bond. To this effect, during the hotline closure the Revolving Fund team will be continually working to process the requests we’ve received. We apologize for the inconvenience. We are continually working towards a world without money bond and pretrial incarceration with and in community.