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Bail Information for Nonviolent Direct Action at Ft Benning PDF Print E-mail
Bail has been required for many people who were arrested on Ft. Benning calling for the closure of the School of the Americas/ WHINSEC in the last few years.

In 2001: Some people were initially held on $1,000 bail but were released the next day without bail.
In 2002:: Over 90 were arrested and bail was set at $5,000 for each person arrested. People were required to post 10%, or $500, to be released before trial.
In 2003 and 2004: Bail was set at $1,000 for each person arrested, and the full amount was required for each person to be released before trial. It is possible we will see an increase in bail.

In 2007: Those who are considering participating in nonviolent direct action to close the SOA/ WHINSEC you should begin fundraising for money to cover bail before you come to Ft. Benning. Every person who risks prison time needs the support of many people. Start working now with these supporters and others in your community to develop support plans that include bail costs.

As in years past, members of the SOA Watch Legal Collective and the Staff will be helping to coordinate the actual posting of bail, with the help of the many supporters who will be present at Ft. Benning.

From the Legal Briefing:
Requiring such bonds is very unusual in a criminal case where people are not a threat to the community nor a flight risk. This appears to be punitive and contrary to the federal rules for bonds, but that is what the judge continues to do over our objections. You should be expect and be prepared to post a cash bond. Bonds are returned after trial, but the government holds on to bond money for a long time. In the last two years affinity groups, families, schools, and friends pitched in to raise money for arrested individuals once the judge ordered the money be posted. You should make plans for raising bond money before taking this action.

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SOA Watch
733 Euclid Street NW
Washington, DC 20001

phone: 202-234-3440
email: info@soaw.org