The National Bail Out collective is a Black-led and Black-centered collective of abolitionist organizers, lawyers and activists building a community-based movement to support our folks and end systems of pretrial detention and ultimately mass incarceration. We are people who have been impacted by cages — either by being in them ourselves or witnessing our families and loved ones be encaged. We are queer, trans, young, elder, and immigrant.

The National Bail Out Collective coordinates the Mama’s Day Bail Outs, where we bail out as many Black Mamas and caregivers as we can so they can spend Mother’s Day with their families where they belong!

The National Bail Out Collective also provides fellowship and employment opportunities for those we bail out in order to support their growth and create a national community of leaders who have experienced incarceration.

We also work with groups across the country to support ongoing bail reform efforts and create resources for organizers and advocates interested in ending pretrial detention.

Everyday tens of thousands of people languish in jail simply because they cannot afford bail. In addition to the over $9 billion wasted to incarcerate people who have been convicted of no crime, pre-trial incarceration has catastrophic impacts on families and communities, on our communities in particular. Black people are over two times more likely to be arrested and once arrested are twice as likely to be caged before trial. Our LGBTQ and gender nonconforming family are targeted and caged at even more alarming rates, and once in jail are significantly more likely to be sexually and physically abused.

The National Bail Out Collective is committed to getting our people free through bail outs, advocacy, and leadership development. We believe that pretrial reform must be lead by communities most impacted and not by institutional actors or corporate interests, who are entrenched and benefit from the current system. Our communities are the real experts and are best equipped to name the problems and mold the solutions. We work to make sure our people are out of cages and have the tools and resources they need to advocate for themselves!

This year we have three priorities:

  1. We are bailing out Mamas and caregivers for Mother’s Day. If you are interested in doing a bail out for Mama’s Day please fill out this survey.

  2. We are writing a report that lifts up the voices of those most impacted and tells our stories.

  3. We are continuing our Black Mama’s Fellowship Program to support the leadership of those we bailed out and create a national community of those most impacted. Please donate to support our fellowship!

The National Bail Out (NBO) collective came together in recognition of the devastating harms and disproportionate impact that money bail and pretrial detention have on our communities as Black people. We believed that as members of these communities, we are best equipped to collectively assess and create solutions to address these harms.

NBO Member Organizations

NBO Staff

Arissa Hall, Project Director

Arissa Hall (she/hers) is a born and raised New Yorker, mama, wife and sister-friend who is passionate about about realizing collective freedom dreams and base building. These passions and commitments  have been inspired by both her personal and professional experiences, while guided through an Black queer feminist lens. Currently, she directs the work of National Bail Out- a collective of Black organizers, communicators and culture workers, committed to ending cash bail and pre-trial detention through the use of tactical bail outs and other strategic interventions. Her leadership in this collective helped birth the National Black Mama’s Bail Out which resulted in the release of over 240 Black mothers and caregivers in addition to over 100 more Black folks in subsequent bail outs and campaigns. Arissa is your around the way freedom fighter who is committed to resisting, intervening and creating until liberation. Arissa is also a founding  member of the Black Youth Project 100 (BYP100), NYC chapter where she played an integral part in building the chapter as a founding Membership Co-Chair and Social Chair. 

Delaine Powerful, Operations Coordinator

Delaine Andrea Powerful (Mx., they/them) is the Operations Coordinator for National Bail Out. They are a Black Jamaican femme coming to this work as a reproductive justice organizer, consultant, educator, youth worker and birth worker. Their commitments to Black liberation guide their daily work and practice. They are also an avid soccer player and Dancehall/Afrobeat enthusiast. Delaine is excited and humbled to work in collaboration with incredibly dope local and national organizations to end money bail and pretrial detention/incarceration.