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OUR MISSION

SHORT MISSION STATEMENT:

Soda City Bail (SCB) is a volunteer-led bail fund. Our mission is to keep marginalized people out of detention and to raise abolitionist political consciousness by organizing people to build community without jails and prisons. SCB focuses on Black, Indigenous, and other People of Color, who are targeted disproportionately for punishment under mass incarceration, by securing their release from pre-trial detention. 

LONG MISSION STATEMENT:

Soda City Bail (SCB) is a community-run bail fund. Our mission is to protect the lives of incarcerated people in Richland County. SCB focuses on Black, Indigenous, and other People of Color, who are targeted disproportionately for punishment under mass incarceration, by securing their release from pre-trial detention. SCB raises funds to release people eligible for money bail, which is part of a racist and exploitative pre-trial detention policy that must end. All donated funds go to money bail payments as well as jail and direct operational support. As part of the movement to end mass incarceration and dismantle the prison industrial complex, SCB works toward a world that does not solve its problems by putting people in cages. 

CRITERIA FOR PAYMENT OF BAIL:

Ultimately, members of this organizing collective have the sole authority to make payment decisions in any case. SCB would like to free all persons held pre-trial for money bail, and will do so to the limits of its funds. Priority for payment will go to Black, Indigenous, and People of Color, particularly those at risk of being misgendered by the state, as they are especially vulnerable to carceral violence