Day-to-day life is on pause for many--but at the Nashville Community Bail Fund, we're working harder than ever.
Two weeks ago, a Davidson County Sheriff's Office employee tested positive for COVID-19. Last week, the first person inside a cell tested positive. The fear we and our community partners have been warning about is now reality, and our city's judges have refused to take necessary steps to release those being caged pretrial.
With COVID-19 spreading within our jails, our work is essential. We are still bailing people out every day--exceeding our normal cash limit to free as many as possible, especially those at high-risk of COVID-19 complications.
Last week, we bailed out a man in his twenties with a medical condition requiring a colostomy bag. He was being held in jail on nonviolent misdemeanor charges, forced to risk his life and safety because he could not afford a $5,000 bail. We have bailed out mothers, people over fifty years old; we've made bails as low as $250, an unfathomable amount for someone to be trapped in jail for in the midst of this crisis.
Because the court system is on pause, we are not getting most of the bail money we spend returned via our revolving fund. We will continue to post bail for Nashvillians for as long as we can, but our funds will be depleted in a matter of weeks. Simply put, we need your financial support to continue freeing Nashville's most vulnerable population from this immediate threat to their lives.
Please consider a one-time or recurring donation to help us continue bailing people out and returning them home, where they are able to properly protect themselves from COVID-19 and be with their loved ones.
You can donate through Paypal here.
We also accept donations via mail sent to the following address:
Nashville Community Bail Fund
P.O. Box 70120
Nashville, TN 37207
Thank you for your support, now and always.