Covid Bail Out NYC - Community Bail Outs from NYC Jails

Covid Bail Out NYC mobilized in response to catastrophe, when Rikers Island was the global hotspot for the Covid-19 pandemic. Since then, the NYPD, judges, and prosecutors have used the pandemic, the 2020 uprising, and other scare-mongering as pretexts to send more people to NYC jails for longer and ramp up criminalization of NYC's Black and brown communities.

Covid-19 remains a threat in the jails, but avoidable illness is not the only violence our people endure. Since 2021, over 32 of our neighbors have died from systemic neglect and abandonment in NYC jails (sixteen community members this year, as of September 2022); thousands and thousands more are traumatized daily by the violence they endure in city cages. 


Covid Bail Out NYC’s community bail outs are radical acts of community defense against pre-trial jailing on Rikers, the Boat, Horizons, and Crossroads -- a tactic designed to kill and traumatize us. Your donation gets people safely out of NYC jails and supported once free. 


Over 5,500 people are in NYC jails right now. Most are in cages because judges set bail higher than what they or people they know can afford. By collectively organizing to pay their bail, together we get our neighbors free, out of the clutches of the state, and into the safety of their communities. When we pool our funds for folks' freedom, we also disperse the oppressive financial and emotional toll of bail, away from the friends, families, and chosen families of criminalized New Yorkers, most Black or Latinx, many living with disabilities.


Because of your support, New Yorkers can post bail for their neighbors facing acute dangers on Rikers Island and the Boat, and we can collectively organize and pay for their support needs as they recover from incarceration, like housing, food, medical care & healing.  


And every single dollar counts! Over 12,000 people have donated $10 and up, allowing Covid Bail Out NYC to mobilize community bail outs for over 320 people (so far) from Rikers and other city jails. That's people power!


About Us

Through its sponsorship of Covid Bail Out NYCThe Center for NuLeadership on Human Justice and Healing ( builds on its deep relationships and tested strategies to take back communities from criminalization in ways that changes lives, journeys, conditions, and futures.


Covid Bail Out NYC ( is the only initiative organizing community-driven bail outs of people from NYC jails and their vital support once they are released. Covid Bail Out NYC is not a charitable bail fund, and it is not a bail bonds company. It is an abolitionist practice mobilizing New Yorkers to liberate our neighbors from jail and ensure their safety after they're released. Covid Bail Out NYC is grateful to be fiscally sponsored by The Center for NuLeadership, is thankful for your support and for everyone who co-struggles with us, including our people inside city jails. #WeGotUs #FreeThemAll

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The Center for NuLeadership on Urban Solutions, d/b/a The Center for NuLeadership on Human Justice and Healing is a 501c3 non-profit organization (EIN is 45-4968344). All donations made through The Center for NuLeadership for Covid Bail Out NYC are tax deductible.