Freiheitsfonds - Freedom Day

Support the Freedom Day

October 5 is Freedom Day! On a single day, we want to simultaneously free as many people as possible nationwide who are in jail for riding without a ticket.

Our action will be the largest prisoner liberation in German history - and you can join in!

Support us now with your donation and set a sign against the inhumane system of substitute imprisonment! Share the call, spread our action to your friends, grandparents or children! The fundraiser will run until October 5, when we will use your donations to empty the jails.

Freedom Fund - Get out of jail

We free prisoners

No ticket? Jail!

Riding without a ticket is a criminal offense in Germany. Thousands of people end up in prison every year because they can't afford a ticket for public transport. People spend up to a year in jail. Those affected are predominantly unemployed (87%), without a fixed address (15%) and suicidal (15%).

The offense was introduced by the Nazis in 1935. To this day, people are often punished more severely for riding without a ticket than, for example, people who drive drunk. Drunk driving is usually only punished as a misdemeanor.

No one should end up in jail because of a missing ticket! Therefore we demand that §265a StGB of 1935 be overturned. Riding without a ticket must be decriminalized and free use of public transport must be made possible over the long term! In addition, transport companies must stop prosecuting people who ride without a ticket. More info on the current research at FragDenStaat

But we are not waiting for politics. The Freedom Fund initiative frees people from prison throughout Germany who are behind bars for "riding without a ticket". And because each day of detention costs taxpayers around 150 euros per prisoner, our initiative even saves the state money.


Penalties paid by the Freedom Fund since December 2021

  • 512 prisoners freed
  • 100 years of jail resolved
  • 497K Euros invested
  • 5.4M Euros costs saved

Get out of jail free

Are you in jail or is someone you know in jail for riding without a ticket? We can help you.

Download this form and fill in name, file number, amount of sentence and date of arrest. Send the completed and signed form to In addition, we need a police ticket, court summons or something similar that demonstrates that this is a matter of riding without a ticket, and an account number of the public prosecutor's office. Of course no personal data will be passed on to third parties.

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