Emergency Bail Out Action
Baton Rouge, LA

With COVID-19 spreading rapidly, Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights and local partners have been moving to facilitate emergency bail outs from jails across the country, including East Baton Rouge Parish Prison. 

There have been nearly 1,200 positive cases in Louisiana, with more than 40 confirmed in the parish alone. East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff Sid Gautreaux said last week it is “just a matter of time” before COVID-19 finds its way inside the jail’s walls, endangering the lives of everyone in detention, the staff, and ultimately jeopardizing the entire region.

RFK Human Rights, in partnership with YWCA Greater Baton Rouge, will be bonding out 27 individuals from East Baton Rouge Parish Prison as cases of the coronavirus surge across the state.

While the global health crisis has intensified the need to reduce jail populations, RFK Human Rights president Kerry Kennedy has long called for reforms to unlawful cash bail systems across the country, to eliminate disparities in the justice system’s treatment of poor, black and brown communities.