Believers Bail Out
Grant Type: General Operating
Duration: January 1, 2021 - December 31, 2021
Believers Bail Out is a community-led effort to bail Muslims from pretrial and immigration incarceration. Believers Bail Out creates sustainable change by combining bailout work with education and advocacy to challenge the connected issues of anti-Muslim racism, anti-Blackness, and the prison-industrial complex.
Believers Bail Out is a community-led effort to bail out Muslims in pretrial and immigration incarceration as a form of zakat, challenging an inherently racist bail system that criminalizes poverty. Since the organization’s inception in 2018, Believers Bail Out has posted bond for nine people in jail and nine people in immigration deportation proceedings. The Chicago chapter has more than 50 volunteers, and Believers Bail Out has expanded nationally through their partnership with the National Bail Fund Network. In the wake of the global pandemic, Believers Bail Out will continue to raise awareness about how COVID-19 is ravaging jails and prisons and reinforcing inhumane policies. In addition to being at great health risk in detention, people who are incarcerated pretrial have worse case outcomes than those who can confront their charges from outside a cage. By paying their bail, Believers Bail Out frees Muslims to address the charges against them, restoring the presumption of innocence.
Year founded: 2018
Location: Chicago, IL