At this moment, thousands of Black and brown people are sitting in local jails while they await their trial simply because they can’t afford to pay bail.
THESE PEOPLE HAVE NOT BEEN CONVICTED OF ANYTHING, THEY ARE SITTING IN A CAGE BECAUSE THEY CAN’T AFFORD TO PAY FOR THEIR FREEDOM.
Free the Block is a campaign to end money bail and pre-trial detention in Miami-Dade County and Tampa. Inspired campaigns for criminal justice and bail reform happening all over the country, Dream Defenders and other partner organizations are collecting thousands of petition signatures to make the case for adopting alternatives to money bail and pre-trial detention that are far more effective and humane.
The money bail system is tearing families apart, sucking up urgently needed community resources, and punishing people who can't afford to pay with brutal confinement, before they have even gone to trial. Pre-trial detention is cruel. It is wrong. And It is expensive.
Miami has the 7th largest jail system in the country, we spend hundreds of MILLION$ of tax-payer dollars to warehouse people in crowded jails. Thousands are locked in cages simply because they cannot afford bail. This does not keep us safe. Enough is enough.
Join our movement to end money bail once and for all. We must end criminalizing poverty, and reinvest resources into building a healthy future for all of us!