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

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.

What is a “Bail Out”? Black Mama’s Bail Out is a nationwide campaign 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.

Who is organizing this Bail Out? DJP and BLM5280: Denver Justice Project (facebook / twitter) + Black Lives Matter 5280 (facebook / twitter).

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 is the site for you.

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.

Can the Mama’s Day Bail Out post bond for someone outside of Denver? We are actively looking for ways to post bonds in the greater Denver community, including potentially Aurora/Arapahoe County, and Jefferson County. At this time however, our focus is on Denver County, specifically 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 for DJP/BLM. 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?

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*Were these questions really frequently asked? Some were asked; others were anticipated.