bail funds

Bail Funds in Michigan

The system of cash bail must come to an end in order to stop the criminalization of poverty in the United States. Our attorneys continue to advocate for better policy around this issue at the state level and will continue to confront this issue until cash bail is eradicated in the state of Michigan.


The Bail Project

The Bail Project – Detroit serves people incarcerated at the Washtenaw County Jail, Washtenaw County District Court, and the Washtenaw County 22nd Judicial Circuit Court systems. The Bail Project formerly served Wayne County until a 2022 settlement with the 36th District Court determined judges would greatly limit the use of cash bail.

If you would like to support The Bail Project directly, click here for more information on how to donate.

If you are looking for a bail disruptor or assistance with getting someone out of jail, please contact The Bail Project directly at their website, click on the “need help paying bail?” prompt on the bottom right corner of your screen. Select “Detroit” from the drop-down menu and fill out all the information you can on their intake form.

If you or someone you know needs help with bail and is currently being held in SE Michigan, we’ve compiled a list of bail funds in the state:

Developed in the aftermath of the mobilization against white supremacists in Lansing in March 2018, the Michigan Solidarity Bail Fund is a project to bail out those most in need and those who put themselves at risk fighting for our collective freedom.

Specific to Kent County and for people detained by ICE/for immigration-related cases.

Established to assist individuals who have been detained with little to no resource or representation. They are accepting both applicants for assistance and general donations.

A GoFundMe, organized by youth specifically to people protesting Enbridge Line 5, a tar sands oil pipeline that appears to be supportive of and in collaboration with indigenous communities and movements in Michigan.

A group that initially formed to bail Black mothers out of jail because they could not afford bail, but that has evolved into a quest for transformational change across the criminal legal system in Michigan.

A GoFundMe organized by Collective Against White Supremacy which supports individuals and families in Washtenaw County who have been impacted by incarceration, arrest, probation, or police violence.