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In the fight against bail, a new group brings resources

“I became unemployed. I became homeless. My children were sent with my family so they could watch them while I was incarcerated,” Borden said. “If I was bailed out the next day, I wouldn’t have lost my job. I would have been able to pay my rent. And my children would have still been at home. I would have continued on with my life as normal as I possibly could have, still dealing with the case.”

Time for a national fund that chips away at money bail and stops criminalizing poverty

I will never forget the first time I saw a person plead guilty to something she didn't do just to get out of jail. Her name was Grace and I was her public defender. She had been accused of stealing a bottle of aspirin and a package of hot dogs. We stood before a judge who set Grace’s bail at $500. At that point she faced three options: pay bail, plead guilty and walk away with a criminal record, or go to Rikers Island for as long as it took me to get the case dismissed.

The Bail Project coming to Tulsa in nationwide initiative to help low-income defendants

Starting in January, The Bail Project will install activists in Tulsa and St. Louis to identify people who they believe would otherwise stay jailed until their legal matters are resolved. It will use a $16 million revolving fund to pay their bail. It hopes to eventually spread to 40 “high-need jurisdictions” so it can bail out 160,000 people within the next five years.

The Great Bail-Out: Reform project looks to free thousands

The Bail Project is a bold new criminal justice initiative, with roots in the South Bronx, that has collected $30 million in donations with the hopes to free over 160,000 people from pretrial detention over the next five years. One young woman in Oklahoma has already benefited from the model.

Bail ‘disrupters’ have a plan to free thousands from U.S. jails

Starting in January, The Bail Project will open offices in Tulsa and St. Louis, Missouri, and eventually expand to 40 other sites. In addition to paying bail, Project employees will work with clients over time to support them through their cases, increasing the likelihood they will return for their court dates by reminding them of their court schedule or connecting them to needed services, such as transportation or childcare. When the case is over, the bail money is returned to the fund.