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Tucson Second Chance Community Bail Fund
$6,260 raised
63% of $10k goal
210 contributors
97 Weeks running

Although violent crime is at historic lows nationally, Arizona still maintains the 6th largest incarceration rate in the U.S. In fact, 80% of the inmates held in Pima County’s jail are there on pre-trial status, meaning that they have yet to be convicted of a crime and will not be released until a bond is paid.

The Tucson Second Chance Community Bail Fund (TSCCBF) is being set-up to address the disproportionate impact of the cash bail system on communities of color and vulnerable populations here in Pima County. This effort is an outgrowth of Black Lives Matter (BLM) Tucson’s May 2017 “Mama Bailout Campaign.” The campaign raised money to free mothers in jail as part of a national effort by BLM to raise awareness about the inequities and immorality of using cash bonds as a means to secure the court appearance of defendants. The tremendous need for advocacy on behalf of inmates trapped in jail simply because they are too poor to post bond led to formation of the Second Chance Bail Fund Coalition made up of local lawyers and activists committed to ending criminalization of poverty in Tucson.  

By donating to this cause today, you will be helping defendants, who would otherwise languish in jail, post bond. The TSCCBF wants to help restore economic justice and dignity by allowing these individuals to return home, keep their jobs, retain custody of their children and fight their cases in court. 

By establishing an initial seed fund of $10,000 the TSCCBF aims to create a sustainable and long-term program to benefit the people of Tucson. As defendants appear in court and their bonds are eventually released, those funds can then be used to assist new candidates. 

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