Our Story

Winnebago Bond Project emerged out of a pursuit to inspire and support the community, and a desire for actions to speak louder than words. I have personally been affected by having a loved one incarcerated during pretrial, due to the inability to pay the unattainable high bond. I understand the struggle that many others are going through, or have gone through. Even before this I had the drive to help as many people as I could. I would hear the stories of families affected to having  their loved ones incarcerated due to lack of funds while being out in the community. There are families that are impacted just as much, if not more than the inmate themselves. Not only do they have to work on being able to keep themselves and family supported, but also give as much support as they can to the incarcerated. The costs of services in Winnebago are expensive. The studies also show that holding people in pretrial detention increases the likelihood of conviction, recidivism, and suicide, and leads to longer, harsher sentences. This has such a strong impact on the loved ones waiting on the outside.I have also listened to the stories of Winnebago and IDOC inmates or previous inmates on the treatment, and lack of resources to help with what they need to make a better future. I will continue to reach out to current and past incarcerated, to get as many stories and opinions to help as we move forward with our organization.  We will continue to work as hard as we can, to help as many families as possible to be together while going through the pretrial process. We will continue to fight to provide a community without money bond, pretrial incarceration, and to be have the freedom of not dealing with the corruption and violence of police, and correctional officers of our county.