1) POC arrested during recent protests in Pittsburgh or Allegheny County
2) POC in the ACJ who have committed low level drug offenses
3) POC in the ACJ who have committed other non-violent offenses
4) any remaining funds will go to organizations assisting in community organizing
In Pittsburgh, we are aware that a disproportionate amount of POC are arrested and processed through the ACJ. Many of them are held on monetary bail. While the momentum of the recent protests has motivated people to donate, we see a long term need for the black community.
After being arrested, people who cannot make bail often quickly lose their jobs, which turns into an inability to pay rent/mortgage, which turns into losing housing. People can actually lose all of their belongings, discarded by landlords who haven't received rent from those from those who are innocent until proven guilty, while awaiting his/her day in court. People actively trying to improve their lives are unable to attend and continue programs he/she might have entered. This become an ugly cycle of loss and many are unable to find a way out of this unforgiving system.
Specifically, Between March 16, 2019, and April 28, 2019, 1,674 people were booked into the county jail. 50.2 percent of them, 841, were Black and 46.7 percent of them were white. This is despite the fact that only 13 percent of the county's population is African American.
Trends like continue and must be stopped on all fronts. This is an immediate need as POC are currently sitting in ACJ for low level non-violent offenses.
We are thankful we are in a position to help and appreciate any money you can give. We must assist to make change.
If your loved one is in need of bail funds, please contact us at [email redacted]
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