A pair of new apps called Appolition and Bail Bloc, both of which seek to help low-income prisoners make bail through tiny individual crowd sourced donations, were released this week. Here's what you should know about them.
As pointed out by The Fader, Appolition was first teased by its eventual creator (Kortney Ryan Ziegler) from Twitter this past July:
The way it works is pretty simple. First you link your bank account, then you buy stuff...like a normal person. However, at that point the app kicks in, and after you purchase something, it will take your spare change up to the nearest dollar. Once your purchases gather enough loose change to hit $2, the money is automatically donated to defendants who can't afford bail through the National Bail Out Fund. I think that's a pretty good job of explaining it, but if you're still confused, check out the website for clarification.
As for Bail Bloc, that's a tad bit more complicated. That app uses cryptocurrency which is extracted from your computer's un-used processing power. As explained by their website:
When you download the app, a small part of your computer's unused processing power is redirected toward mining a popular cryptocurrency called Monero, which is secure, private, and untraceable. At the end of every month, we exchange the Monero for US dollars and donate the earnings to the Bronx Freedom Fund and through them, a new nation-wide initiative, The Bail Project.
100% of the currency your computer generates is used by the Bronx Freedom Fund to post bail for low-income people detained in New York effective immediately. Beginning in January 2018, funds will be routed to The Bail Project, which will over the next five years post bail for people detained in more than three dozen cities nation-wide.
They further add that the typical Bail Bloc user will generate roughly $3-$5 per month. Obviously if you get enough people to buy into these apps that dough can add up quickly. If you want, you can sign up for either of these apps by heading here: Appolition, Bail Bloc.