Together, We Are Bailing Our People Out of NYC Jails

Support Covid Bail Out NYC through Lafayette Avenue Presbyterian Church

Covid-19 is raging again on Rikers Island, where infection rates are four times higher than anywhere in NYC. At the same time, the state is using the pandemic as a pretext to send more people to jail for longer and to ramp up criminalization of our Black and brown communities. Violence in the city jails is rising. 

This moment calls on us to be our own protectors.


Over 3,000 people are in NYC jails right now, simply because they can't afford to pay bail. By paying bail - with your help - we can get these folks free, out of the clutches of the state, and into the safety of communities. Each time we do this, we honor our enslaved ancestors, who organized and pooled their resources to buy each other's freedom.

Lafayette Avenue Presbyterian Church is honoring its own legacy as an abolitionist church by partnering with Covid Bail Out NYC. This effort is volunteer-powered, so 100% of your donation goes directly toward getting people out of NYC jails and supported once free. Because of your support, we can pay bail nearly daily for people facing acute dangers in NYC jails and cover their vital post-release support needs, such as housing, PPE, food, medical care & healing.

And every dollar counts! Since April, over 6,000 people have donated $10 and up, allowing Covid Bail Out NYC to bail out over 225 people (so far) from Rikers and other city jails. That's people power.

(Covid Bail Out NYC is a volunteer-run, grassroots initiative mobilized to bail out people from NYC jails and support them once they are released. It is not a charitable bail fund. It is not a bail bonds company.)

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