Group Bails Out Incarcerated Black Fathers For Father’s Day, Juneteenth
Low-income Blacks and Latinos are disproportionately affected by the cash bail system and a group of activists from Denver is on a mission to change that. Just in time for Father’s Day, members of the Denver Justice Project and Black Lives Matter 5280 bailed out Black men so that they could be reunited with their families; an effort created to spread awareness about bail reform, the Denver Post reported.
The activists plan to post the bail money for over a dozen men who were placed behind bars for low-level offenses by Tuesday, the news outlet writes. Some of the men will be released in honor of Juneteenth. One of the men that they helped had a bond that was less than $100 stemming from a disturbing the peace charge, however, he couldn’t afford to post bail. On Friday, the activists bailed out three men from Douglas County whose bonds collectively totaled $4,000. Being locked up for minor offenses has long-term implications, including losing employment and being separated from loved ones.