Our fundraising video from the summer of 2018, staring Alame Simwerayi, featured above.
The NH Community Bail Fund
Provides bail for people being held at Valley Street Jail in Manchester, NH
Provides bail for those held in jail elsewhere in the state when possible
Provides bonds for eligible immigrants detained by ICE in New Hampshire
Collaborates with other community organizations and agencies to connect clients with services they need
Works for an end to cash bail and the transformation of the criminal legal system
Is a small team of unpaid volunteers
Is fiscally sponsored by Unitarian Universalist Action New Hampshire
Is part of the National Bail Fund Network
The New Hampshire Community Bail Fund frees people who are stuck in jail before being tried for any crime. In many cases, they are accused of misdemeanors like trespassing, shoplifting, and drug possession.
Despite being innocent until proven guilty, they are unable to get out of jail because they can’t afford bail—sometimes as little as $50. Most of the people we work with are held at Valley Street Jail in Manchester, where Covid has frequently been rampant. Many need treatment for mental illness or substance use disorders, which they are unable to receive in jail.
In 2020, we paid 16 bails. In 2021, we paid 47, and we're on track to double that in 2022. While the majority of the bails we pay are eventually returned to the fund once our clients’ cases are resolved, it often takes 12-16 months or more to get our funds back. So we depend on supporters to help us continue our work in the face of ever-increasing bail requests and slow bail returns.
Valley Street Jail in Manchester
Your Gift Matters!
The number of bail requests has been steadily increasing since 2020.
Please help create a different future for those who are being unjustly detained.
Your gift, whether of $10, $100 or $1,000, will make a difference.
You can donate online here.
If you donate by check, please make the check out to our fiscal sponsor, Unitarian Universalist Action NH.
Please write "bail fund" in the memo line.
You can also mail a check to:
NH Community Bail Fund,
c/o UU Action NH
P.O. Box 3862
Manchester, NH 03105
To refer clients who need help, or for more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
When making a referral, please include information about the client’s charges and circumstances.
We need new volunteers! Please email us for more details.
Our Work so Far
Since our founding in 2018, the NH Community Bail Fund.
Paid 116 bails for people held in jail in New Hampshire
Bonded out eleven immigrants detained by ICE at Strafford County Jail