Bail Disruptor - Detroit

Job Type

Full Time



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United States


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 this draconian system, and fighting mass incarceration.

We are starting operations in Detroit, where the jail population is over 75% Black and 80% are being held pretrial. We’ll be partnering with the Detroit Justice Center. We are looking for our first bail disruptors to start the beginning of April!


Bail disruptors are tasked first and foremost 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, the disruptors will uphold our holistic model by working within the local community and collaborating with our central management in the fight against this abusive 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 so necessary.

Our work will be widely published and made available to partner organizations that are focusing on advocacy, litigation, and legislation. By diligently cataloguing our results and empowering our clients to take center stage in the fight against mass incarceration, disruptors will allow us to expose the abuse of our current wealth-based model and fulfill TBP’s two-fold mission of providing immediate harm reduction and pushing us towards a better system.


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. A sense of humor, innovative spirit, and willingness to adapt to the change inherent to a rapidly scaling start-up 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

  • Demonstrated interest and experience in racial and social justice or criminal defense

  • Self-motivated, flexible, and hard-working

  • Access to a reliable vehicle

  • Excellent organizational abilities

  • Strong decision-making and communication skills

  • Basic ability in Excel or willingness to learn

  • Emotional​ ​intelligence,​ ​natural​ ​ability,​ ​and​ ability to handle multiple projects


Compensation: This is a full-time exempt position. Salary is commensurate with experience. The

Bail Project offers competitive health benefits, dental and vision plans, flexible PTO, life insurance and enrollment into 401k program. 

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement

How To Apply


How to Apply:

Interested applicants should submit a RESUME and COVER LETTER electronically to by March 23, 2018 with "Bail Disruptor - Detroit” in the subject line. 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.

A successful candidate for this position must demonstrate an outstanding record of experience focused on issues the issues of diversity, inequality, and racial justice. We are looking for candidates with a demonstrated commitment to and success working in diverse, multi-cultural and multi-racial communities. The Bail Project actively seeks the candidacy of people of color, women, and formerly incarcerated individuals. The position begins April 9, 2018.