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The Bail Project

Los Angeles, CA | https://bailproject.org/
Joined in January 2018

About Us

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.

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…

Areas of Focus Include

  • Human Rights & Civil Liberties
  • Legal Assistance
  • Policy
  • Prison Reform
  • Race & Ethnicity

Location

  • P.O. Box 750
    Los Angeles, CA 90291

Current listings by The Bail Project

JobsLocationDate Posted
Data and Finance AdministratorChicago, ILOctober 8, 2019
Bail DisruptorDetroit, MISeptember 26, 2019

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