The Dauphin County Bail Fund: Challenging Pre-Trail Detention

May 16, 9:30 a.m.– 10:30 a.m., via Zoom (information below text) 


“The fate of millions of people—indeed the future of the black community itself—may depend on the willingness of those who care about racial justice to re-examine their basic assumptions about the role of the criminal justice system in our society.” –Michelle Alexander, The New Jim Crow


Research shows that the lack of access to cash bail is one of the major causes of mass incarceration, and its impact on people of color cannot be understated. The Sentencing Project’s “The Color of Justice: Racial and Ethnic Disparity in State Prisons” reports that

“factors such as pre-trial detention—more likely to be imposed on Black defendants because of income inequality—contributes to disparities because those who are detained pre-trial are more likely to be convicted and sentenced to longer prison terms.” 


Enter the Dauphin County Bail Fund (DCBF), a nonprofit community organization whose mission is “dedicated to freeing our community members from cages and ending the practice of cash bail.” DCBF’s interactive presentation will be led by Say Burgin, secretary, and Louie Marben, treasurer.


Say has been a DCBF member since 2018 and joined DCBF because “I want to end pre-trial detention and because doing this work is important to ending mass incarceration.” 


Louie began his role at DCBF when he got involved in This Stops Today Harrisburg “just as energies were shifting toward exploring a bail fund in 2017,” he says. After a long tenure with the LGBT Center of Central PA, he now works in the anti-sexual violence movement.

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