Los Angeles

The Bail Project – Los Angeles serves all of Los Angeles County through referrals from the Public Defender and Alternate Public Defender offices.

When The Bail Project posted our first bail in Compton, it was the first time in 30 years that someone posted with the court directly, rather than with a bail bond agency. In part, this is because bail in California is far more expensive than anywhere else in the country; more than 60 percent of prisoners in California’s county jails are there because they cannot afford to post bail. In 2018, California’s Legislature passed a bill to abolish cash bail, but included regressive provisions, such as increased investments in pretrial risk assessments. We work with the Los Angeles Public Defenders’ Office and UCLA Law to leverage bail reduction hearings, and we partner with Shields for Families and St. Johns to help clients access drug and alcohol treatment and mental health services. Due to our success in Compton in the first year of operation, Los Angeles County’s Board of Supervisors also approved our expansion into the Van Nuys Superior Court System.

Team

Dominique Davis

Bail Disruptor

Lawrence C. Dunbar II

Operations Manager

Michael Nishimura

Los Angeles Site Coordinator

Priscilia Martinez

Project Associate

Fast Facts

Between 2012 and 2016, the Los Angeles Police Department levied over $19 billion in cash bail on people its officers had arrested. Of that amount, more than $13.5 billion was never paid.

At the end of 2017, L.A. County jails were on average 142% above their maximum capacity.

43% of all arrests in L.A. County were of unemployed people, and the top charge for unemployed Black people is failure to appear in court.

Roughly the same number of Black and white Californians are incarcerated in prisons and jails, even though Black people make up only 6% of the general population and white people are 40%.

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The Bail Project – Los Angeles is only able to accept referrals from Public Defenders at this time.

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