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Use These Apps to Easily Donate to Bail Funds

Jaime Green, Gawker Media

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Cash bail is one of the (many) elements of the justice system that disproportionately harms low-income people. It's a hot issue for reform and activism, and two new apps help you contribute to the cause.

Cash bail is meant to guarantee that defendants don't disappear between arrest, arraignment, and trial. A defendant lays out bail-anywhere from a few hundred to thousands of dollars, depending on the severity of the crime and the judge's assessment of flight risk-in order to be released from custody. People who cannot pay their bail have to stay in jail, incarcerated before they've even been convicted of a crime. And, of course, people who cannot pay bail are often the people for whom the missed work and other destabilization of this pre-trial jail time are most harmful.

Bail Bloc is a desktop app from The New Inquiry-it uses some of your computer's unused processing power to mine a private cryptocurrency (called Monero) that, when exchanged for USD, becomes funding for the Bronx Freedom Fund , an organization that pays bail for people accused of misdemeanors.

Rather than generating money out of thin air, Appolition skims your spare change. Just like penny jars or savings programs that round your purchases up to the nearest dollar and put the difference into a savings account, Appolition links up to your debit card and takes the change you wouldn't even notice, donating it to National Bail Out .

There are lots of ways to fight cash bail-voting for progressive DAs, activism, and large donations to bail funds-but these apps help you contribute to a good cause when you're not even paying attention.

How Two Apps Are Changing The Game By Donating To Bail Funds For Low-Income People | Blavity

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