DJC has partnered with The Bail Project, 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, like DJC, 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.

The Bail Project 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 collecting 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.

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 this draconian system, and fighting mass incarceration.

We are expanding operations in Detroit where we partner with Detroit Justice Center. We're looking for new bail disruptors to support our growing team on the ground!


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. Applicants will need to work non-traditional hours. A sense of humor, innovative spirit, and willingness to adapt to the change inherent to a rapidly scaling startup 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

  • A self-motivated, flexible, and hard-working approach

  • 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


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.


None specified


No requirement


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.

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.