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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

Anthony Body

Bail Disruptor

Cleveland

Jaraun “Gemini” Boyd

Bail Disruptor

Charlotte

Irvin Camacho

Bail Disruptor

NW Arkansas

Carrie Cole

Bail Disruptor

Louisville

Becky Corbin

Bail Disruptor

Tulsa

Tanner DeLapp

Bail Disruptor

Tulsa

Megan Diebboll

Bail Disruptor

Detroit

Chareese “Queen” Haile

Bail Disruptor

Baton Rouge

Nomi Harris-Stanton

Bail Disruptor

Augusta

Kyra Harvey

Bail Disruptor

Indianapolis

Candice Ibaceta

Bail Disruptor

Chicago

Justin Abdul-Kareem Henton

Bail Disruptor

Cleveland

Shenita Jackson

Bail Disruptor

Chicago

Asia Johnson

Bail Disruptor

Detroit

Atasha LaFever

Bail Disruptor

Louisville

Priscilia Martinez

Project Associate

Central Support Team

Samantha Matthews

Bail Disruptor

Chicago

Hannah Meadows

Bail Disruptor

Tulsa

Michael Nishimura

Los Angeles Site Coordinator

Central Support Team

Pamela Nozot

Bail Disruptor

San Diego

Lensa Odima-Warden

Bail Disruptor

NW Arkansas

Akilah Pelt

Bail Disruptor

St. Charles

Brenda Quiñonez

Bail Disruptor

Charlotte

Sara Rahimi

Administrative Associate

Bronx Freedom Fund

Jose Rubio

Bail Disruptor

Oklahoma City

Sabrina Ryan-Helton

Bail Disruptor

Spokane

Angel Tomeo Sam

Bail Disruptor

Spokane

Savvy Shabazz

Bail Disruptor

Louisville

Chase Shiflet

Bail Disruptor

St. Louis

Matty Slaydon

Bail Disruptor

Indianapolis

Gwen Smith

Bail Disruptor

St. Louis

Tracy Stanton

Bail Disruptor

St. Louis

Anjanette Vance

Bail Disruptor

Lake County, IN

Miryan Villalobos

Bail Disruptor

San Diego

Courtney Walker

Bail Disruptor

Augusta

Elena Weissmann

Director of Bronx Freedom Fund

Bronx Freedom Fund

Ashley White

Bail Disruptor

Baton Rouge

Holly Zoller

Bail Disruptor

Louisville

Julio Zuniga

Bail Disruptor

Phoenix

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.