I am not entirely clear on all of the particulars of the mitzvah of pidyon shivuyim - redeeming Jewish captives. Nor am I positive that someone jailed by a democratic goverment for breaking secular law would be included in the parameters of pidyon shivuyim. However, I have seen many different organizations with Rabbinic support that claim it is incumbent on every Jew to support the efforts to free Jonathan Pollard. I do not know what the halachic basis is for these claims, if any. Nor am I sure if this would fall under a more hazy category of "All Jews are responsible, one for another" or any other Jewish parameter which enjoins one Jew to help another. Therefore I ask:
Does a Jew have an obligation to support, financially or in any other way, efforts to free Jonathan Pollard?