Last month, we got a familiar late night, frantic, call. A friend’s father just got arrested, and she wanted to know what she could do. She didn’t know how to locate him in the jail, how to make sure the jail knew about his medical condition, and how to influence the bail process to get him home as soon as possible to fight his case. Because those type of calls are fairly frequent for us, we immediately shared a few steps she could take to get the answers and outcome she was looking for within the first 24 hours.
We decided we should put these steps out to the community. And we thought every community, particularly those counties that have participatory defense hubs, should have these steps out in the public as well.