Most of you know that my sister, Shannon, works as a public defender in the Bronx. She works alongside an organization called The Bronx Freedom Fund, which is an awesome non-profit organization that pays bail for poor people accused of misdemeanor crimes. Since they began in 2012, the Freedom Fund has bailed out 1,195 people. Of those people, 95% returned to all their court dates, and 52% of their cases resulted in a full dismissal. You heard that right: over half of the cases were dismissed! Another whopping 40% of the cases ended with a non-criminal result (like a traffic ticket). But for the Bronx Freedom Fund, these same people would have spent days, weeks, or even months in jail. The reality is that 92% of people who cannot make bail end up pleading guilty to a misdemeanor just to get out. Gross, right?
DONATE AND HELP KENDRICK TAKE NOTICE
She bought us front row tickets and backstage passes to Kendrick's show on 8/22, and now I need your help to raise money so that I have something to share with him when I meet him backstage. I'll be sportin' a Bronx Freedom Fund tank top at the concert. It's worth a try, right? By donating to the Freedom Fund and sharing this page, you make it more likely that Kendrick will see this.
Donate and tell your friends. Our goal is to raise $5,000 to ensure the Freedom Fund’s continued ability to prevent people from sitting in jail for low-level offenses. Even if Kendrick doesn't take notice, you’ll still be an awesome person for donating. It’s a win-win.
For more information on the Bronx Freedom Fund, visit http://www.thebronxfreedomfund.org
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