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Women's Prison Association

Women's Prison Association

  • melinda katz ribbon mass bail out

    (photo: Office of Queens Borough President Melinda Katz [CJ])

    The Mass Bail Out action is currently underway, attempting to post bail for women and youth on Rikers Island and in city jails throughout New York. At last count, there were about 243 women held in jail because they cannot afford bail -- not because they’ve been proven guilty of their charges. We think this is an incredible and necessary effort rooted in the quest for justice. 

    The only legal reason to hold a person on bail is to ensure they