Keeping people safe from covid-19 and cops
Northwest Community Bail Fund stands in solidarity with our friends on the streets of Seattle and across the country working against state violence. Even the smallest donation can help us keep protesters out of overcrowded jails and on the streets standing up for our rights!
People incarcerated in jail are one of the most vulnerable populations, and their protection warrants special emergency action. Jails and prisons are known to quickly spread contagious diseases. Incarcerated people have an inherently limited ability to fight the spread of infectious disease since they are confined in close quarters and unable to avoid contact with people who may have been exposed. Responses such as lock downs, placing people in solitary confinement and limiting access to visits from loved ones are punitive and ineffective responses to outbreaks. Importantly, we know that isolation further endangers people and limiting visitation also has adverse effects.
We are advocating for continued decarceration in Seattle and King County, but until they agree, we are still paying bail for people being held prisoner for lack of money.