The Louisville Community Bail Fund is supported and created by the Movement for Black Lives member organization Black Lives Matter Louisville and Stand Up Sunday- Stand Up Louisville Coalition.
[To sign on as an organization please see below.]
The LCBF is a community funded initiative to provide bail for incarcerated folks who cannot provide bail money. In addition to bail, the LCBF will assist community members with the support they need for their personal success.
The need to end cash bail is not new. Thanks to the Ferguson Uprising and the Kalief Browder story, we know that the bail system creates negative barriers for those who find themselves in the criminal justice system. One of the largest barriers is not being able to afford bail.
Here are some points around how bail disrupts the most marginalized (priority) in our communities:
● Black women suffer disproportionately from the trappings of bail. 72 percent of incarcerated women made less than $22,000 annually prior to arrest, as compared to 51 percent of men; and the median income of incarcerated Black women prior to arrest was $12,735 in 2014.
● Homeless people are some of the most vulnerable when they are jailed because they don’t have income for bail.
● Bail amounts of $500 or more are common barriers for queer and trans people who face a myriad of others barriers to steady income and employment. According to a 2011 study, the average family income of samesex couples raising children is $15,500. 15% of transgender people report making less than $10,000 a year, which is four times the
● After paying bail (and often times they aren’t offered bail because of Immigration Customs and Enforcement (ICE) holds), undocumented people are often funneled into the hands of ICE.
To join or sign on to the LBCF, please email [email protected]