Attorneys interested in referring a client to the Massachusetts Bail Fund should email massbailfund@gmail.com or call 617-651-BAIL (2245). All referrals must be made by court-appointed counsel.

The Massachusetts Bail Fund

Throughout Massachusetts, many poor men and women remain in jail, charged with misdemeanors and non-violent crimes, because they cannot afford their bail Ė even when it is as low as $100. Research suggests that people who are held during the pretrial period are more likely to be convicted and receive harsher sentences than those who are released on bail. The Massachusetts Bail Fund helps low income and poor residents to meet bail and also works to address the inequities in the bail system and help bail fund recipients connect with community services.

Visit our background page to learn more about why bail is such an important criminal justice policy issue.

To jail a defendant before conviction, it is estimated to cost the community around $125 per day. The costs to the accused individuals are even steeper, as they stand to lose their jobs, their housing, custody of their children and access to appropriate mental health or substance abuse treatment. The Mass Bail Fund has supported and accompanied released defendants to scheduled court dates, medical appointments, and treatment program intakes. This kind of community-based support is far less expensive than incarceration and eliminates unnecessary pretrial detention. In addition to providing these direct services, the Mass Bail Fund also:

  • Researches the inequities of the bail system
  • Collects data on case outcomes for those who post bail versus those who do not
  • Advocates for bail system reforms
  • Engages in community education and awareness building

With limited resources, the Massachusetts Bail Fund currently accepts referrals from Essex, Middlesex, Norfolk, and Suffolk counties with plans of expansion to other Massachusetts counties. As the project grows, we hope to expand Bail Fund to counties throughout the Commonwealth. To do this, we need your support!

Please consider contributing to the Mass Bail Fund.

Hereís how:

  • To learn more about getting involved and volunteering, email Meg at massbailfund@gmail.com
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  • Donations can be made online:

or via check and mailed to:

Massachusetts Bail Fund
2161 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02140
617-651-BAIL (2245)

If you are court appointed legal counsel and would like to find about more about referring your client to the Massachusetts Bail Fund, please email: massbailfund@gmail.com