The Bail Project Announces New National Director of Policy

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(December 14, 2022) LOS ANGELES – Today, The Bail Project announced the appointment of Erin George as its new National Director of Policy.

“We are excited to welcome Erin George to The Bail Project. Over the past five years, through our direct services in more than two dozen jurisdictions across America, we have built a powerful body of evidence that cash bail is not necessary. We have also begun codifying a model of community release that offers a viable alternative to cash bail,” said The Bail Project’s CEO Robin Steinberg. “Erin and her team will build on this work to pursue policy changes and shift local pretrial practices. I know she will lead with passion, experience and deep respect for the work on the ground, and we are thrilled to have her.”

George brings over a decade of experience in political advocacy, organizing, and coalition-building to The Bail Project. She has worked on a broad array of criminal justice issues including drug policy reform, pretrial justice, police accountability, record expungement, and the campaign to close the Rikers Island jail in New York City. George joins The Bail Project from the Clean Slate Initiative where she served as National Campaign Manager.

“I have seen first-hand the harms of unaffordable bail and pretrial detention and understand the importance of structural reform to eliminate these injustices,” said George “I am thrilled to be joining The Bail Project, an organization laser-focused on advancing pretrial liberty, and to continue growing this essential advocacy work.”

A graduate of Columbia University School of Social Work, George began her career as a social worker for several years, before transitioning into the policy space through various advocacy and campaign organizing roles at Citizen Action New York, JustLeadershipUSA, New York Lawyers for the Public Interest, and the Drug Policy Alliance.

As National Director of Policy, George will lead The Bail Project’s strategy to use its distinctive expertise and data to support policy/advocacy efforts at the local, state, and federal levels.