Bail Project




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Robin Steinberg

The Bail Project is a nonprofit organization that opposes cash bail and provides payment assistance to those accused of crimes who cannot afford bail. The Los Angeles area-based organization has 17 other offices across the United States. As of late 2019, the organization had posted bail for 7,800 people. [1] The organization began in the Bronx in 2008. [2]

The organization says it opposes “mass incarceration” and wants to “disrupt” the cash bail system. The group claims that paying bail for those in jail is an “act of resistance against a system that criminalizes race and poverty.” [3] The organization covers up to $5,000 surety bond, that requires all the money up front. It will also pay up to a $10,000 of a 10-percent bond, which would require only $1,000 down. On average, the organization pays about $869 per case. [4]

The organization pays bail through its revolving fund and gets the money back at the end of the defendant’s case. The Bail Project contacts defendants and family members directly to determine needs regarding housing, employment and whether there are mental health or substance abuse issues. It also works with various local social services. [5]

Regional Outcomes

The Chicago Tribune reported that the Bail Project, along with the Chicago Community Bond Fund, had repeatedly bailed out individuals with criminal records, including gun crimes. Further, some of those bailed out by the organization were rearrested. [6]

In early April, The Bail Project used about $1 million to pay the bail of dozens of Cook County jail inmates awaiting trial in Illinois. [7]

The organization opened a Charlotte office in 2019 and bailed out about 100 inmates, 25 of those just ahead of Thanksgiving. [8]

COVID-19 Activism

The organization has been active during the COVID-19 pandemic to get more people out of local jails. [9] The organization urged judges and corrections officials across the United States to allow early release and bail reduction to prevent the potential spread of COVID-19. [10]


Robin Steinberg is the founder and CEO of the Bail Project. She has worked more than three decades as a public defender. She also founded three organizations: the Bronx Defenders, the Bronx Freedom Fund, and Still She Rises. [11]

Brad Dudding is the chief impact officer. He previously worked 25 years at the Center for Employment Opportunities, which focuses on helping returning prisoners get employment. [12]

Yemi Adegbonmire is the general counsel. Adegbonmire was previously an executive at Disney. [13]

Kaitlin Koga is the chief of staff. Before working at the Bail Project, she led strategy at a prison education non-profit. She was also a college counselor in Boston Public Schools. [14]

Johanna Steinberg is the legal and policy director. Steinberg previously worked as general counsel and director of impact ligation at the Bronx Defenders. Steinberg also previously worked for the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund. [15]

Camilo Ramirez is the director of communications. He recently worked as a communications director for the Bronx Defenders. He also previously worked at the Center for Constitutional Rights. [16]


  1. Krouse, Peter. “Bail Project That Frees Indigent Crime Suspects Reports Encouraging Results in Cuyahoga County.” Cleveland Plain Dealer. November 22, 2019. Accessed May 10, 2020. ^
  2. Jones, Michael L. “The Bail Project is Trying to End Cash in American One Inmate at a Time.” Louisville Future. November 14, 2018. Accessed May 10, 2020. ^
  3. The Bail Project. LinkedIn. Accessed May 9, 2020. ^
  4. [1] Castele, Nick. “Cleveland Bail Project Has Paid Bonds for 175 Defendants.” Idea Stream. February 4, 2020. Accessed May 9, 2020. ^
  5. Sweeney, Annie. “Nonprofit Uses Pooled Funds to Bail Out Dozens From Cook County Jail in the Face of COVID-19 Threat.” The Chicago Tribune. April 4, 2012. Accessed May 9, 2020. ^
  6. Jackson, David; Lighty, Todd; and Marx Gary. “Two Charities Bailed Scores of Felony Defendants Out of Cook County Jail. Some Were Soon Charged With New Crimes.” April 29, 2020. Accessed May 9, 2020. ^
  7. Sweeney, Annie. “Nonprofit Uses Pooled Funds to Bail Out Dozens From Cook County Jail in the Face of COVID-19 Threat.” The Chicago Tribune. April 3, 2020. Accessed May 9, 2020. ^
  8. Louis, Katrina. “Bail Project Partners With Carolina Panthers to Post Bail for Inmates Before Thanksgiving.” Q City Metro. November 24, 2019. Accessed May 9, 2020. ^
  9. Hodson, Sandy. “Virus Prompts Push to Move Some Inmates Out of August Jail.” April 25, 2020. Accessed May 9, 2020. ^
  10. Siewart, Shereen. “Amid COVID-19, Some Defendants, Even With Lengthy Records, Released on Bond.” May 7, 2020. Accessed May 9, 2020. ^
  11. Our Team. The Bail Project. Accessed May 9, 2020. ^
  12. Our Team. The Bail Project. Accessed May 9, 2020. ^
  13. Our Team. The Bail Project. Accessed May 9, 2020. ^
  14. Our Team. The Bail Project. Accessed May 9, 2020. ^
  15. Our Team. The Bail Project. Accessed May 9, 2020. ^
  16. Our Team. The Bail Project. Accessed May 9, 2020. ^
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  • Accounting Period: June - May
  • Tax Exemption Received: August 1, 2017

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    Bail Project

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