Prisoner Emergency Support Fund

SUPPORT PRISONERS IN ONTARIO DURING COVID-19

Incarcerated people are at a disproportionate risk of contracting COVID-19. Unsanitary conditions, close quarters, frequent physical contact, and the underlying chronic health conditions of many detained people, contributes to the spread of the virus and threatens the well being of prisoners and public health.

Alongside incarcerated people, communities across the country are calling for the depopulation of federal and provincial prisons to protect the safety and wellbeing of prisoners and our communities. Many provinces and territories across Canada have started taking measures to depopulate their jails and prisons safely. However, prisoners that are released do not have adequate support for their transition. 

Recently released prisoners need access to funds for housing, food, clothing, and physical and mental health supports. Families who still have loved ones behind bars need funds for expensive phone bills and canteens.

This fundraiser supports prisoners re-entering the community and those that are still behind bars during this crisis. 

TO ACCESS THE PRISONER SUPPORT FUND

We will give out one-time stipends to recently released prisoners and people who are still incarcerated. We will use an online application process, depending on the need (please self-assess). Since we need this fund to reach as many people as possible, please only apply once. We will continue to fundraise so that we can give out as many stipends as possible. 

Please use this link to apply for the fund: https://forms.gle/bQAoq3bxHJVPRTks6

WHO ORGANIZED THIS FUNDRAISER

We are a network of frontline workers, community activists, former prisoners, loved ones of those in prison and concerned community members. We are committed to advocating to ensure that prisoners are not left behind in response to COVID-19. 

WHO SHOULD APPLY

The emergency fund is for recently released prisoners, those still inside and the families of people still incarcerated in Ontario. We ask you to self-assess based on need. We want to prioritize those who do not have financial alternatives such as investments, employment, or other sources of income.

HOW WE WILL BE DISTRIBUTING THE FUNDS

We have have already received more than 60 applications to the Prisoner Emergency Support Fund. Members of the Prisoners Rights Project will be collecting the funds from this fundraiser and working with each applicant to ensure they receive the money. Most of the applicants that have been released will be receiving the funds by e-transfer or money order. We will be sending the money to trusted loved ones of people still inside to deposit onto their canteen for sanitation supplies.

IMPORTANT NOTE

This fund is created based on a shared community trust system. We want to reduce the barriers that invasive questions pose to accessing support while being accountable and transparent to our community.

To that end, funds will be released on a first-come-first-served basis. We want to honour this commitment by trusting that those who have the means will seek out those means, and leave this fund to be accessed by those of us who have little to no choice. 

This fund is limited. Using community donations, we will continue to hand out funds for as long as we can. We recognize that this, too, will not be sufficient to bridge the deep gaps that this crisis has caused. 

To preserve each other's privacy and dignity, we will never publish the names or details of the recipients. Still, we will give periodic updates to our community on the number of people who have been served by this fund.

Donations ()

  • Anonymous 
    • $50 
    • 8 hrs
  • Anonymous 
    • $200 
    • 9 hrs
  • Tracie Louttit 
    • $50 
    • 2 d
  • Anonymous 
    • $200 
    • 3 d
  • Jackie Omstead 
    • $50 
    • 4 d
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Organizer and beneficiary

Prison Aboilition Organizing Group 
Organizer
Scarborough, ON
Emergency Prisoner Support Fund 
Beneficiary
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