Emergency Bail Out Action
Memphis, TN

With COVID-19 spreading rapidly, Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights and local partners have been moving to facilitate emergency bail outs at jails across the country, including Shelby County’s two jails. 

Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights, in partnership with criminal justice reform advocacy organization Just City, secured the release of 12 of those held in pretrial detention, a step that will limit the spread of the disease among those incarcerated and jail staff alike.  

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, recognizing how they've unjustly targeted and harmed poor, black and brown communities.