If you are arrested for a misdemeanor, you will be assigned a bail amount to insure that you will show up for your trial. If you can pay the bail you are free to go home, to resume your life and to work on your defense. If you cannot pay your bail, you are sent to the County Jail to wait until your trial date. Many people are not able to come up with enough money to pay for bail.
If you can’t make bail:
- you may lose your job
- your children may be placed in foster care, if you are a single parent
- your medication may be delayed or not received at all, if you have medical or mental issues
- your Medicaid may be reduced
Because of these many adverse effects of waiting in jail for trial, many people decide simply to plead guilty and to get back to their everyday lives. They do not see the problems this may well cause in the future…especially when applying for a job.
The Northwest Community Bail Fund is at work in King and Snohomish Counties to help people who have no hope of financial resources for making bail.
Our giving this month will provide bail for people who otherwise would have their lives disrupted for relatively small offenses, which they may or may not have committed.
For more information on the Northwest Community Bail Fund: www.nwcombailfund.org