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Unbail

UnBail helps defendants navigate the criminal legal system.

Founded: 2018 by Cait Kennedy, Paul Gehrig, Mary Waters, Joyce Huang, James Huang, Rachel Krantz

  • Program Area

    Human Rights, Public Service & Civic Engagement
  • Location of Impact

    United States
  • Headquarters Location

    Cleveland, Ohio, Ohio, United States
  • Product Platforms

    Web, Mobile Apps
  • Budget

    $0 to $500,000
  • Founder Demographics

    Female, Racial or Ethnicity Minority

We are an interdisciplinary team who met at a scope-a-thon hosted by Hack Cleveland in 2018 addressing systemic inequity in the criminal legal system. Our winning idea focused on creating a bail revolving fund accessible to defendants via a mobile application. We have since created unBail, the trusted advisor for defendants and their families as they navigate the criminal legal system. We aim to deliver valuable and relevant legal information (but not legal advice) in plain language, empowering defendants to advocate for themselves, proactively plan for the future, and access social services if necessary. Defendants are also encouraged to give feedback on their experience at each step of the process in the hope that this can be used to improve the system.

Funders and Awards

Cleveland Foundation