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.

Interested in working on bail bond reform?

Contact us to share your progress or ask questions.

Contact BBR.cucc@gmail.com

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 today

HB210 is a bill in the NC Legislature to reform some of the unjust bail bond practices. Please write your North Carolina legislators and ask them to support the bill. It is currently in the Rules Committee; please ask them to bring it to floor.

You may use Do Justice Ministry’s letter as your template.

Nationwide and Local United Church of Christ Initiatives

A logo for the cash bail bond reform movement.

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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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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

View video here

How to get a fair hearing

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Artwork you can use – the Bail Bond Reform logo   Download here

A dramatization of how the cash bail bond system works:  “Cash Bail Bond Reform Sketch” by Community United Church of Christ  View video here

Benediction:  Mandate, Commissioning, and Prayer by Bill Gretsch

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