The cash bail bond system doesn’t keep people accused of crimes in jail; it keeps poor people accused of crimes in jail. 

Those who can afford to pay, get to go home.  Most often those jailed for lack of money to pay the bail bond are people of color.  While awaiting trial – often for months – they lose jobs and housing, and their relationships with family are strained or broken. 

If working to reform the cash bail bond system sounds like you, get in touch.  We welcome your ideas and your talents.

For those needing assistance with bail

The Bail Bond Reform group does not have the resources to assist financially those who are seeking help with bail. If you live in Durham or Wake County and need assistance, contact the NC Community Bail Fund of Durham.

A prayer 

God, hold close those harmed by the bail bond system.  Help them find the resources they need, and mitigate the harm caused to them, their families and the community.

God, keep us committed to this work so that more people are not harmed by the bail bond system.

Elections 2022

Our Faith, Our Vote

The N.C. Interfaith Committee for Cash Bail Reform* invites you to keep bail bond reform in mind as you vote.

General Election

November 8, 2022

Voter Information Station

Important Dates: Register by October 14, request your absentee ballot by November 1, early voting October 20 to November 5, election day November 8Absentee ballot request form

Voter registration and address change form

Early voting schedule and locations

Voter look-up – Confirm your voter registration is accurate.  Print your sample ballot.  Locate where you vote.  Follow your absentee ballot through processing.

*This voter education project is the work of The NC Interfaith Committee for Cash Bail Reform (NCICCBR), a small group of Wake County church members who have been working on cash bail bond reform. Community UCC members helped to found NCICCBR, and are active participants.  This collaborative group has a local focus while exchanging ideas and resources with congregations and criminal justice professionals across the country.  If you are interested in participating in their work, contact them at bbr.cucc@gmail.com.

Community United Church of Christ is a non-profit organization (501 c 3).  We do not endorse candidates.

Community UCC Initiatives

A working group at Community United Church of Christ is leading our work to reform the current cash bail bond system as one of our economic justice and racial justice initiatives.  In 2019 the congregation passed a resolution charging the group with this work. Our first step has been to work within our denomination, the United Church of Christ. We took the resolution to the Southern Conference (UCC) Annual Gathering where they approved it unanimously.  Now we are assisting the Southern Conference in bringing the resolution to the United Church of Christ at their 2021 General Synod.

Read more about our work so far here

If this work sounds like you, get in touch.  We welcome your ideas and your talents.

Resolutions on cash bail bond reform

Community UCC commits

Southern Conference (UCC) commits 

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An action to take in 2022

There are local, state and federal elections in 2022.   Vote with bail bond reform in mind.

Nationwide and Local United Church of Christ Initiatives

Reform Bail Bond

Share these resources with friends using

https://tinyurl.com/UCC-BBR.

Contact us at

bbr.cucc@gmail.com.

Introduction by Gary Smith

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Why get invested in reforming/abolishing cash bail bonding (data) by David Bland

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Guiding principles by David Bland

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What Community UCC is doing in North Carolina by Adrienne Little

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Pretrial Assessment Tools – a presentation to the community by Dr. Samantha Zottola, January 9, 2022

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Getting started in cash bail reform and beyond

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Dialog on a local church guide to initiating a cash bail bond reform effort by Diana Koenning and Gary Smith

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Scripture references

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Three NC localities’ cash bail reform accomplishments and initiatives by Diana Koenning and David Bland

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Helpful documents

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Educational Intensive presented at the UCC’s General Synod 33

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How to get a fair hearing

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Artwork you can use – the Bail Bond Reform logo   

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A dramatization of how the cash bail bond system works

“Cash Bail Bond Reform Sketch” by Community United Church of Christ  View video here

Presentation by Dr. Samantha Zottola, Postdoctoral Research Scholar, The Center for Family and Community Engagement, NCSU

“Hope for Pretrial Justice”  January 9, 2022

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Benediction:  Mandate, Commissioning, and Prayer by Bill Gretsch

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Coming soon