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If Justice is just us, let us come together and bring our brothers and sisters home.

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 Home by the Holiday


is a collaborative project devised by EBONY Foundation. Occurring during Thanksgiving, Ramadan, Christmas, Kwanza, New Years eve. Home by the Holiday aims to reunite Black and Latino families separated by bail, while challenging racial injustice and mass incarceration.

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The EBONY Foundation, the national nonprofit arm of EBONY Capital Partners, LLC, has launched the initiative HOME BY THE HOLIDAY to combat mass incarceration by paying bail for people in need, providing them an immediate lifeline and enabling them to return home to their families and communities while awaiting court dates.

 

WE GOT YOU

 

THE ISSUE


As you read this, hundreds of thousands of Americans are sitting in local jails without having been convicted of anything. The majority come from low-income neighborhoods, and disproportionately from Black communities. They are legally presumed innocent, but a judge has set a price on their freedom.

 That price is called bail.

 Pay and you get to return to your family and fight for your day in court. Stay and your life outside falls apart as you wait for the next court hearing, For those who cannot afford bail or a bondsman, there’s often only one way out: give up your right to trial and plead guilty in exchange for going home.

 Cash bail tears families apart, compounds poverty, and forces people to live the rest of their lives with a criminal record. People of color account for more than 50% of the pretrial population nationwide and up to 90% in some jurisdictions. Cash bail drives mass incarceration and racial injustice. It turns the presumption of innocence into a luxury with a price tag.

 This is no way to run a justice system. And no family should be separated by bail – especially not during the holidays.

OUR GOAL


The EBONY Foundation seeks to secure freedom for a MINIMUM of 10,000 African American & Hispanic American men and women get HOME BY THE HOLIDAY by December 31, 2020


 

THE MODEL


Home By The Holiday makes bail a renewable resource. Once a case ends, either through exoneration or conviction, the bail money is returned to the Home By The Holiday fund and can then be used for the next client who is in need.

The initiative will launch this October, targeting release of up to 1,000 incarcerated men and women by the end of the year to be reunited with their families for the Thanksgiving, Ramadan, Christmas and New Year's holidays.

The initiative will launch this October, targeting release of up to 1,000 incarcerated men and women by the end of the year to be reunited with their families for the Thanksgiving, Ramadan, Christmas and New Year's holidays. Participants will then be provided with court reminders, transportation assistance, & voluntary service referrals. As our participants' cases close, bail comes back into the fund where it is recycled to help additional people. 

THE FACTS


  • Pre-trial detention, fueled by unaffordable cash bail, accounts for nearly 100% of all jail growth in America in the past 20 years.

  • 450,000 people sleep in jail cells across America every night, simply because they can’t afford bail.

  • Black and brown people account for more than 50% of the pretrial population nationwide and up to 90% in some jurisdictions.

    Individuals detained pretrial are:

  • 30% more likely to plead guilty than those who are not.

  • 4x more likely to receive a jail sentence 

  • 3x longer sentence 

  • Pretrial detention can have a devastating impact on a person’s life. About 1/3 of sexual assault by jail staff happens in the first 24 hours. Over 40% of jail deaths occur within the first week

  • Taxpayers spend an estimated $14 billion annually incarcerating people before trial, with collateral costs estimated to be as high as $140 billion each year.