Our Approach

The Bail Project  /  Our Approach

On any given night in America, there are 450,000 people locked up in jails 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 

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 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.

Rasha Almulaiki

Bail Disruptor

Detroit

April Angermeier

Bail Disruptor

Indianapolis

Celia Colón

Bail Disruptor

Chicago

Devi Davis

Bail Disruptor

Indianapolis

Ramel Edwards

Bail Disruptor

Bronx Freedom Fund

Nay'Chelle Harris

Bail Disruptor

St. Louis

Justin Abdul-Kareem Henton

Bail Disruptor

Cleveland

Asia Johnson

Bail Disruptor

Detroit

Priscilia Martinez

Project Associate

Central Support Team

Jolie Maya-Altshulter

Weekend Court Advocate

Bronx Freedom Fund

Matthew McFarland

Site Manager

Chicago

Tania Mejia

Bail Disruptor

San Diego

Michael Milton

Site Manager

St. Louis

Michael Nishimura

Project Associate

Central Support Team

Timantha Norman

Site Manager

Tulsa

Shameka Parrish-Wright

Site Manager

Louisville

Cameron Pipe

Bail Disruptor

Tulsa

Joshua Poe

Bail Disruptor

Louisville

Sara Rahimi

Administrative Associate

Bronx Freedom Fund

Sabrina Ryan-Helton

Bail Disruptor

Spokane

Angel Tomeo Sam

Bail Disruptor

Spokane

Hattie Svoboda-Stel

Bail Disruptor

St. Louis

Miryan Villalobos

Bail Disruptor

San Diego

Amber Walker

Bail Disruptor

St. Louis

Clinton Washington

Client Advocate

Bronx Freedom Fund

Elena Weissmann

Director of Bronx Freedom Fund

Bronx Freedom Fund

Ashley White

Bail Disruptor

Baton Rouge

Yonah Zeitz

Project Associate

Bronx Freedom Fund

Holly Zoller

Bail Disruptor

Louisville

WHERE WE WORK

The Bail Project is on a five-year plan to scale 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.