The Bail Project
The Bail Project is a new non-profit organization designed to combat mass incarceration by disrupting the money bail system ‒ one person at a time. Over the next five years, The Bail Project will work with local partners to open dozens of sites in high-need jurisdictions and pay bail for tens of thousands of low-income people, reducing the human suffering caused by unaffordable cash bail and building on the work of grassroots groups and movements for decarceration and racial justice.
Our organization is comprised of a central support team and a network of Bail Disruptors who work in local jurisdictions to identify community members in pretrial detention, pay their bail, and provide support throughout the legal process. Our model leverages the fact that bail money is returned when people make their court appearances, allowing us to maintain a revolving bail fund and maximize our impact.
In addition to posting bail, The Bail Project seeks to partner with local advocacy groups, collect stories and data from our sites and work with universities to measure the socio-economic impacts of unaffordable cash bail with the goal of informing legislative reform.
Through these efforts, The Bail Project will be the largest non-governmental decarceration of Americans in history—reducing human suffering, restoring the presumption of innocence, and adding to the growing momentum to end mass incarceration.