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Bail Disruptor

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The Bail Project | Compton, CA
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About The Bail Project:

The Problem

There is no place in the criminal justice system where money more clearly buys justice than bail. People who can’t afford bail remain in jail before trial, while those with money buy their liberty. Tying freedom to financial ability upends the presumption of innocence, tears lives apart, and perpetuates racial and economic disparities. It is also a key driver of mass incarceration. Each year, an estimated 2.5 million people sit in jail cells across America because they cannot afford bail. 

The Response

The Bail Project is a national nonprofit that provides free bail assistance and pretrial support to thousands of low-income people every year. We’re on a mission to combat mass incarceration and demonstrate that a more humane, equitable, and effective pretrial system is possible. 

The Model

The Bail Project uses a national revolving bail fund to pay bail for individuals who are legally presumed innocent, and whom a judge has deemed eligible for release. We then provide court reminders and work with local partner organizations to connect our clients with voluntary social services and community-based programs. We call this model Community Release with Support, and it has proven highly effective in helping people make their court dates. As our clients’ cases close, bail comes back into the fund where it is recycled to help additional people. In addition to these direct services, The Bail Project gathers human stories and data from our sites to support grassroots advocacy and inform policy recommendations.

The Team

We’re a community of advocates committed to ending mass incarceration and advancing racial and economic justice. Our organization is comprised of a central support team and a growing network of client advocates or “Bail Disruptors” who work in their local communities to provide bail assistance and lead our advocacy efforts on the ground.

Position Summary:

Bail Disruptors are community members across the country committed to racial and economic justice. They are the core of The Bail Project, securing people’s release, disrupting the criminal legal system, and fighting mass incarceration. We are expanding operations to Los Angeles County and are looking for new Bail Disruptors to support our growing team on the ground!

Responsibilities:

Bail Disruptors are tasked with posting bail for those who cannot afford to purchase their freedom. Disruptors pay bail from local courts and jails, meet with TBP clients, remind them about upcoming court dates, and refer them to necessary services to support them after release.

In addition to securing our clients’ freedom, Bail Disruptors uphold our holistic model by working within the local community and collaborating with our central management team in the fight against this system. This will entail collecting client and court data, giving clients an advocacy platform, and establishing local partnerships to expose the problems of the pretrial system that make TBP’s work necessary. A primary emphasis of this position is continuing to build relationships with a network of care providers to support people that we bail out, when they express the need for voluntary services, and then help navigate these care options throughout the duration of someone's court case.

Finally, our work will be widely published and made available to partner organizations that are focusing on advocacy, litigation, and legislation. By diligently cataloging our results and empowering our clients to take center stage in the fight against mass incarceration, Bail Disruptors allow us to expose the injustices of our current wealth-based criminal legal system.

Qualifications:

You are driven, highly organized, and have a deep commitment to The Bail Project’s mission to eliminate race and wealth-based disparities in our criminal justice system. Applicants must be willing to work independently as well as in collaborative teams. Applicants may need to work non-traditional hours and will need to have access to a reliable vehicle. A sense of humor, innovative spirit, and willingness to adapt to the change are essential.

To excel in this role, you likely bring the following:

  • Strong investment in the local community and in the fight for racial and economic justice
  • Experience working with community-based care and wellness providers across LA County
  • Knowledge of alternatives to incarceration and the pretrial reform landscape in LA County
  • Knowledge of identifying and connecting recently incarcerated people to different resources across LA County
  • Directly or personally impacted by the criminal legal system
  • A self-motivated, flexible, and hard-working approach
  • Excellent organizational abilities
  • Strong decision-making and communication skills
  • Basic ability in Excel or willingness to learn
  • Excellent organizational abilities and ability to handle multiple projects

The Bail Project is proud to be an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and actively seeks the candidacy of people of color, women, LGBTQ people and formerly incarcerated individuals. We are committed to inclusive hiring and dedicated to diversity in our work and staff.

About The Bail Project:

The Problem

There is no place in the criminal justice system where money more clearly buys justice than bail. People who can’t afford bail remain in jail before trial, while those with money buy their liberty. Tying…

Details at a glance

  • On-site Location
  • Full Time Schedule

Benefits

This is a full-time position. The Bail Project offers competitive health benefits, dental and vision plans, flexible PTO, life and disability insurance, an annual professional development budget, and enrollment into 401(k) plan. 

This is a full-time position. The Bail Project offers competitive health benefits, dental and vision plans, flexible PTO, life and disability insurance, an annual professional…

How to Apply

How to Apply:

Interested applicants should submit a resume and cover letter. In the cover letter, please address the following:

  • Why do you want to work for The Bail Project?
  • Please share 2-3 experiences that highlight why you would be a strong candidate for the Bail Disruptor position.

No faxes or phone calls please. Applicants will be notified regarding whether or not they have been selected for an interview. Applications without cover letters will not be processed.

How to Apply:

Interested applicants should submit a resume and cover letter. In the cover letter, please address the following:

  • Why do you want to work for The Bail Project?
  • Please…

Location

Compton, CA

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