project leader
Frampton T
location
232 Third St, #D201
(Gowanus)
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the project

Each year 45,000 New Yorkers are held in jail simply because they can’t afford to pay bail. Even when they try to pay, the process is stressful, confusing, and expensive.

There are better options, but few people know about them. In 2016, Brooklyn Community Bail Fund worked with CUP and designer Alex Tatusian to create Bail’s Set...What’s Next?, a guide that helps those facing bail understand their options and rights, including the difference between cash bail and bail bonds, and how to navigate the payment process.

More than 30,000 English-language copies have been distributed across the city. And Brooklyn Community Bail Fund is also using the booklet to advocate for much needed changes to the bail system.

But many people being held on bail have limited proficiency in English, making accessing good information even more challenging. With your help, we will create a Spanish-language version of the booklet and print at least 25,000 to get them directly into the hands of individuals and families who need it.

For friends and family members of a person who has been arrested, the act of paying bail is a stressful and confusing process. Beyond finding the money to cover the cost of bail, payers also have to decide how to pay. There are usually two options: cash bail or a bail bond. But there are big differences between paying with cash and paying with a bond—and people have important rights when paying with either.

Bail’s Set… uses clear text and graphics, and a series of common real-life scenarios to help individuals make informed decisions about how to pay based on their own financial situation. It also includes information on how and where to pay, when payers are entitled to refunds, and how payers can try to protect themselves from illegally high fees.

Join us now to help create a tool for individuals who have historically had no resources to understand this confusing and inequitable process. Your donation will directly fund translation and design fees to complete the new guide and help us print at least 25,000 copies for distribution by Brooklyn Community Bail Fund and their partners.

“In part, because of [Bail’s Set…What’s Next], the City Council passed laws changing the process for bail payment.”  — Peter Goldberg, Executive Director, Brooklyn Community Bail Fund

For your donation you will receive:

-Listing on CUP’s website acknowledging your support of the project

-Invitations to Brooklyn Community Bail Fund events where you can learn more about how you can get involved with helping change, and eventually eliminate, the commercial bail bond industry

-For donations over $100, you will receive three recent CUP projects mailed directly to you as a thank you for your support!

-For donations over $500, you will receive special acknowledgement of your support in a CUP monthly newsletter, sent directly to more than 8,000 contacts.

 

 

the steps

For this project, CUP will:

• Hire a professional to translate the original text into Spanish.

• Test the translated content with end users to make sure it is appropriate and accessible.

• Design the new publication.

• Print 25,000 copies for distribution by Brooklyn Community Bail Fund and their network of partner organizations

• Hold a launch event in Fall 2018 to thank supporters and share the new guide.

 

why we're doing it

45,000 New Yorkers go to jail each year simply because they can’t afford to pay bail. While organizations like Brooklyn Community Bail Fund are dedicated to both harm prevention -- paying bail for indigent New Yorkers accused of misdemeanors who would otherwise go to Rikers or plead guilty just to go home – and lasting, meaningful bail reform, including the elimination of the commercial bail bond industry,  it is crucial to get information on how the process works to individuals and families who are going through the process right now. CUP is dedicated to supporting the frontlines of the social justice movement with educational tools like Bail’s Set…What’s Next?, that can help explain our current systems but also help to change them. A Spanish-language version of the guide will help reach an audience that has immediate need of this information. 

 

budget

CUP staff and overhead: $3,700
Designer and translator: $2,000
Printing and shipping: $7,500
Total $13,200



SUBTOTAL = 13,200
ioby Platform Fee  $35
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%) $396
TOTAL TO RAISE = $13,631

 

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donors

  • Matt Klein
  • John Cary
  • betsy w.
  • Anonymous
  • Kofi Aidoo
  • Christine Coletta
  • David Smiley
  • Anonymous
  • Shannon Scrofano