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Our Approach

The Bail Project  /  Our Approach

On any given night in America, there are nearly half a million people sitting in jail before trial simply because they can’t afford bail. The money bail crisis hits every corner of the U.S., from the largest cities to the smallest towns.
So, how do we decide where to go?

Context

We select cities and towns based on many factors, including local need, size of the pretrial population, and racial disparities.

Partners

We look for local partners who can help us identify people in pretrial detention or at risk of it, and provide support upon release.

Impact

We look for jurisdictions where our work can make a difference, from preventing the construction of a new jail to supporting local movements for equal justice and providing data to inform bail reform.

Vision

Our goal is to put ourselves out of business. We look for a community of allies and supporters with a shared mission to combat mass incarceration and establish a pretrial alternative that is grounded in the presumption of innocence for all, regardless of race, income, or charge.

HOW WE WORK 

The Bail Project™ National Revolving Bail Fund provides free bail assistance to low-income individuals who are legally presumed innocent, and whom a judge has deemed eligible for release before trial contingent on paying bail. We enable our clients to return home to their families and communities while awaiting their court dates. We call this model Community Release with Support. Here’s how it works:

Connect

We work with public defenders and community-based organizations to identify people in need of bail assistance. We also research jail websites to find people trapped by unaffordable cash bail.

Pay Bail

After interviewing each client and determining eligibility, we pay their bail and develop a support strategy to ensure they can come back to court and engage with their legal process in a meaningful way.

Court Reminders

We remind clients about their court dates and help problem solve when obstacles arise.

Advocacy and Support

We connect clients to voluntary services and provide support, including transportation assistance, as needed.

Stories and Data

We elevate our clients’ experiences through storytelling and collect data to support advocacy and foster public understanding of the need for reform.

MEET THE BAIL DISRUPTORS

The Bail Project, Inc. consists of a central support office and a growing network of community-based teams. Known as Bail Disruptors and Client Advocates, these passionate activists, many of whom have experienced the bail system firsthand, lead our work at the local level.

Orlando Arenas

Bail Disruptor

Phoenix, AZ

Anthony Body

Bail Disruptor

Cleveland, OH

Irvin Camacho

Bail Disruptor

Fayetteville, AR

Carrie Cole

Bail Disruptor

Louisville, KY

Becky Corbin

Bail Disruptor

Tulsa, OK

Dominique Davis

Bail Disruptor

Los Angeles, CA

Tanner DeLapp

Bail Disruptor

Tulsa, OK

Megan Diebboll

Bail Disruptor

Detroit, MI

Lucretia Doyle

Bail Disruptor

Atlanta, GA

Joe Fonseca III

Bail Disruptor

San Marcos, TX

Chareese “Queen” Haile

Bail Disruptor

Baton Rouge, LA

Nomi Harris-Stanton

Bail Disruptor

Augusta, GA

Kyra Harvey

Bail Disruptor

Indianapolis, IN

Candice Ibaceta

Bail Disruptor

Chicago, IL

Justin Abdul-Kareem Henton

Bail Disruptor

Cleveland, OH

Shenita Jackson

Bail Disruptor

Chicago, IL

Atasha LaFever

Bail Disruptor

Louisville, KY

Priscilia Martinez

Project Associate

Central Support Team

Hannah Meadows

Bail Disruptor

Tulsa, OK

Michael Nishimura

Los Angeles Site Coordinator

Central Support Team

Pamela Nozot

Bail Disruptor

San Diego, CA

Lensa Odima-Warden

Bail Disruptor

Fayetteville, AR

Jeremy Page

Bail Disruptor

Cincinnati, OH

Akilah Pelt

Bail Disruptor

St. Louis, MO

Brenda Quiñonez

Bail Disruptor

Charlotte, NC

Patricia Rodriguez

Bail Disruptor

Fayetteville, AR

Jose Rubio

Bail Disruptor

Oklahoma City, OK

Sabrina Ryan-Helton

Bail Disruptor

Spokane, WA

Angel Tomeo Sam

Bail Disruptor

Spokane, WA

Savvy Shabazz

Bail Disruptor

Louisville, KY

Chase Shiflet

Bail Disruptor

St. Louis, MO

Matty Slaydon

Bail Disruptor

Indianapolis, IN

Gwen Smith

Bail Disruptor

St. Louis, MO

Tracy Stanton

Bail Disruptor

St. Louis, MO

Phyllis Utley

Bail Disruptor

Charlotte, NC

Anjanette Vance

Bail Disruptor

Gary, IN

Courtney Walker

Bail Disruptor

Augusta, GA

Ashley White

Bail Disruptor

Baton Rouge, LA

Camieka Woodhouse-Willis

Bail Disruptor

Atlanta, GA

Holly Zoller

Bail Disruptor

Louisville, KY

Julio Zuniga

Bail Disruptor

Phoenix, AZ

WHERE WE WORK

We are on a five-year plan to scale The Bail Project™ Community Release with Support Model across America and turn the tide on mass incarceration. We currently operate in the following jurisdictions. to be notified when we launch in a new city!

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Where We Work

OUR PARTNERS

Meet the incredible organizations we work with! From direct services and advocacy to research and storytelling, these are the partners that make our work possible.