What is the Florida Bail Fund?
The Florida Bail Fund @ the Florida Justice Center is a new effort to combat mass incarceration and to give everyone an equal chance in the justice system. Those that are detained pretrial are handicapped at every step of the court process from arrest to sentencing.
We pay bail for those who cannot afford it.
Since bail is returned upon the conclusion of a case, it is recycled and reused indefinitely to help more people. 100% of donations to the Florida Bail Fund go directly to paying bail with no administrative costs.
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Why Bail People Out?
Less Likely to have Case Dismissed
More Likely to be Found Guilty
More Likely to Receive a Jail or Prison Sentence
DON'T CRIMINALS BELONG IN JAIL?
We are not dealing with criminals.
We are dealing with men and women who have been arrested but not convicted.
The Constitution provides everyone with the presumption of innocence. That means that we have to assume everyone in jail is innocent until a judge or jury decide they are guilty.
- 64% of those in county jail have not been convicted of a crime.
- The median sentence for those with less than one day in detention was 120 days. For those with more than two months of detention, it jumps to 730 days.
- Not all of our clients will be found not guilty.
- Most of our clients, however, will receive much shorter sentences because of this fund. Their sentence will be equal to those similarly situated.
COST SAVINGS TO TAXPAYERS
In Broward County, the average person will spend 29 days in jail at a daily cost of $107.71.