End Unjust Cash Bail in North Carolina
Thousands of North Carolinians–a disproportionate number of them Black and Brown people–are being kept in jail not because they have been found guilty of a crime, but because they cannot afford to pay for their freedom before their trial. Many are released only after they turn to for-profit bail bonds companies that can trap people in years of debt.
In North Carolina, 86% of the people in our jails haven’t been convicted of a crime.
Our state's money bail system is broken and corrupt. No one's freedom should depend on their bank account balance. We urgently need a new system that restores fairness and justice to the process.
Add your name and join the fight to end unjust cash bail in North Carolina.
UPDATE: On November 12, 2019, The American Civil Liberties Union, ACLU of North Carolina, and Civil Rights Corps filed a federal class-action lawsuit against court officials in Alamance County, North Carolina, for violating the constitutional rights of people who are presumed innocent but are confined to jail because they cannot afford to pay bail following their arrest. The lawsuit seeks an overhaul of Alamance County’s unconstitutional cash bail system and also claims violations of the right to counsel because poor people in Alamance County accused of crimes are not provided attorneys to represent them when bail is being set. Learn more about the lawsuit here.