Our top picks for essential reading on bail reform, mass incarceration, and The Bail Project, Inc.’s efforts across the country.
Miryan Villalobos is a client advocate and bail disruptor with The Bail Project — San Diego, part of a national nonprofit working against mass incarceration by paying for bail for those in need, keeping them out of jail until their court date.
From CNBC: “When someone finds themselves in jail, they can often gain their freedom while they await trial by posting bail. But even small bails amounting to just $500 or $1,000 can prove unaffordable for many. In fact, 40% of Americans say they could not afford an unexpected $400 expense, according to the Federal Reserve.”
We pay defendants’ bails and connect them to social services. We also use information gleaned to advocate for alternatives to bail. This is how we aim to eventually eradicate cash bail systems across the US.