Money kept them in. Black Love got them out.
Pat Hussain - Southerners on New Ground


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.

For more information about #FreeBlackMamas and the Black Mamas Bail Out, you can email

  • What We Do

    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.

  • Why We Do It

    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!

  • What Are We Up To

    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!