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One of only four bail programs in New York State. The bail fund program provides bail loans to those in need. Our program recognizes that economic inequality can result in unequal treatment before the law, and we strive to provide a more just outcome for those of limited means who must navigate the criminal justice system.
Bail loans are available to Tompkins County residents who have been rigorously screened and lack the means to post bail.
The facts about America’s jails are sobering:
- Our jails mostly house people who are awaiting trial and legally presumed innocent
- Most people in jail are there for nonviolent traffic, property, drug, or public order offenses
- African Americans are jailed at almost four times the rate of white Americans
- Two thirds of the people in jail have a history of abusing drugs, alcohol, or both
Vera Institute, December 2016