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The Washington Square Legal Services Bail Fund is a program run by Washington Square Legal Services, Inc. (WSLS), a New York not-for-profit 501(c)(3) corporation affiliated with NYU School of Law. WSLS is licensed as a charitable bail organization with the New York Department of Financial Services. WSLS posts bail on behalf of defendants residing in the New York Metropolitan area who have been charged with a misdemeanor, have bail set at $2,000 or less and are financially unable to pay, and who meet other WSLS criteria for eligibility.


Your donation goes to theWSLS Bail Fund , helping these defendants maintain their daily lives while awaiting trial.

In many cases, $500 is all it takes for you to help someone reunite with family, keep a job, or stay in school while resolving his or her criminal case. And remember, a single contribution often helps more than one defendant. We use contributions to post bail, and when bail money is returned to WSLS, it is used again to help the next eligible defendant in need. Contributions may also be used for payment of or reimbursement for one or more representatives of the bail fund applying to become licensed bail bond agents, or for payment of or reimbursement for maintaining WSLS Bail Fund's website. Please note that a small percentage (approximately 2.9 percent) of any online donations will be allocated to the donation processing company.

Donations can also be made by check payable to "Washington Square Legal Services, Inc." with “Bail Fund” written in the memo line. WSLS is a New York not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization. All donations are tax-deductible to the full extent allowed by law. Please mail checks to Washington Square Legal Services, Inc., 245 Sullivan Street, 5th Floor, New York, NY 10012, Attention: Sarah Burns, Executive Director.

Upon request, you may obtain from WSLS or from the New York Attorney General’s office, a copy of the last financial report filed by WSLS with the Attorney General. Such requests should be addressed to WSLS (245 Sullivan Street, 5th Floor, New York, NY 10012; 212-998-6430) or to the New York Attorney General’s Office (Office of the Attorney General, The Capitol, Albany, NY 12224; 800-771-7755).