Tuscaloosa Bail Out was established to address the disproportionate impact of the cash bail system on communities of color and vulnerable populations in Tuscaloosa County. The Tuscaloosa Bail Out draws on the liberatory and abolitionist framework developed by the National Bail Fund Network.
We strive to advocate for eradication of cash bail which criminalizes poverty and disproportionately affects the Black community, the TLGB+ community, and communities of color. Those who cannot post bail often face months in jail and are exposed to sexual violence, deterioration of their mental and physical health, the infliction of lasting trauma, and the temptation to accept unjust plea deals. In doing so, we formed TBO, a collective composed of community members, lawyers, and organizers, to raise money and bail out those presumed innocent pre-trial and assist them in avoiding the predatory $2 billion dollar bail bond industry which exploits those most economically disenfranchised.
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