In St. Louis, we know all too well the consequences of the money bail system, debtors’ prisons, municipal courts, and the criminalization of poverty in general. Being kept in cage solely because you do not have the cash to buy your freedom can lead to job loss, eviction, family separation, and homelessness.
#BlackMamaBailoutSTL helps center the conversation on people and families, especially children, as the true victims of this predatory system. Because of this, ArchCity Defenders, St. Louis Action Council, and Decarcerate St. Louis are are working together to bail out as many moms as we can for Mother’s Day.
The need to radically transform the criminal legal system in order to end mass incarceration as well as other remaining vestiges of slavery, peonage, Jim Crow, and the drug war is clear.
Organizations within the Movement for Black Lives are partnering to highlight the impacts of the money bail system on the black community. Every year, tens of thousands of people are held in jail for low level contact with the criminal legal system and are trapped because they cannot afford to pay bail.
If you know a mom in the St Louis region who could be reunited with her family this Mother’s Day, please contact Thomas Harvey, Executive Director and Co-Founder of ArchCity Defenders at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Click here to donate in support of #BlackMamaBailoutSTL today.
Keilee Fant pictured with her children.
Ferguson locked Keilee Fant in a cage for 50 days because she could not afford her bond.