Denver Mama’s Day Bail Out : Frequently Asked* Questions


What is a “Bail Out”?

  • Denver’s Black Mama’s Bail Out is one action of many in a nationwide campaign to end money bail and to bail/bond Black Women out of jail. For this specific action, our goal is to free as many Black women as possible in time for Mother’s Day, Sun. May 13, 2018. Learn more about the National Bail Out Collective:

Who is organizing this Bail Out?

  • Organizers with the Denver Justice Project (DJP: facebook/twitter) + Black Lives Matter 5280 (BLM: facebook/twitter) — are coordinating Denver’s Mama’s Bail Out 2018. Community members and local advocates, and volunteers are the human power behind this collaborative effort.

How can I help free Black Women from Denver jail?

  • Please donate here: While money is critical, it is not the only gift that matters. Please give of your time and attention by sharing this giving link with your friends, family, and wider networks.

I don’t use Fundly. Is there another way I can donate to the Bail/Bond fund?

  • Yes! You can donate online via Paypal or Square Cash:
    • Donate to Black Bail Out, via PayPal.
    • Donate to Black Bail Out, via Square Cash.
    • Note: The PayPal/Square Cash accounts are in the name of Elisabeth Epps, a Co-Lead with the Denver Justice Project, who is the administrator of the Black Bail Out account. Please include a note such as “Mom’s Day” or “bail”, or otherwise comment indicating that the donation is for the Bail Out.
  • One thing we really like about Fundly is that it allows us to manually update the Fundraiser to include donations given offline or otherwise not through Fundly. Every donation to the Mother’s Day action made by cash/check/Paypal etc. is reflected in the overall Fundly donation total.

I’m not in/near Denver, CO. Is there a Mother’s Day Bail Out in my city or town?

  • We hope so, and if there isn’t, we hope you’ll start one. National Bail Out has links to many cities that hosted Bail Outs in years past, and they also have an incredibly thorough Toolkit that you can download to coordinate a Bail Out in your city.

What is the difference between bail and bond?

  • It depends on who is using the term, and where. For purposes of this action, we are using “bail” and “bond” interchangeably, where the cash bail posted is synonymous with bond collateral.

My relative/friend/client is in jail on a bond they can’t post. Can you post it?

  • We can try! Please email to refer a woman whose bond we can try to post. We are most interested in helping women who are least able to pay bond individually, and most over-represented in the system collectively. Our focus is on Black, Brown, and Indigenous women, as well as Trans Women of any race.

Can the Mama’s Day Bail Out post bond for someone outside of Denver?

  • In future actions we hope to post bonds in the greater Front Range, including potentially Arapahoe and Jefferson Counties. At this time however, our focus is on Denver County, specifically on freeing Black Women held in the Downtown Denver Detention Center.

What happens when the person bonded out attends their court date?

  • Once the woman bonded out appears in court and the court releases the bond, the bond will be returned to the individual who posted the bond. 100% of the returned funds will in turn be returned to the fund for June 2018 Dad’s Day Bail Out.

What happens if the person bonded out doesn’t meet their court date?

  • Consistent with nationwide data showing that the vast majority of respondents appear as scheduled for court dates, we expect the same in Denver. We also know that many of the same circumstances that made it hard for a person to post a bond as low as $50 are factors that can also complicate a person returning to court as scheduled. When a person is not able to make their court appearance or to schedule an alternate court date, and if the bond is forfeited, then the local court will retain the bond and it will not be returned to DJP/BLM.

What social safety net resources are in place for women after posting their bond?

  • Given the condensed time frame of this effort (launching 5/1/18, less than two weeks until 5/13/18) our primary effort is on maximizing resources to secure the release of as many Black Mamas as possible. We recognize the challenges many newly freed women will face and will help however we can to make their transition as smooth as possible.

Is Kanye West really in the sunken place? Will Yeezy be ok?

  • We don’t know. What we know is we love him and we are here for him and that College Dropout touched our souls.

*Were all these questions really ‘frequently asked’?

  • Some were asked; others were anticipated.

Money Kept Them In, Black Love Got Them Out

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