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Robin Steinberg: How can the U.S. restructure the unjust cycle of the bail system?

This bonus episode is a follow-up to the TED Radio Hour episode Bucking The System.

Nearly half a million Americans are jailed because they can't pay bail. Public defender Robin Steinberg wanted to change that. She created an organization to pay bail for those who can't afford it.

About Robin Steinberg

Robin Steinberg is a public defender and the CEO of The Bail Project, which she founded in 2017. The group creates rotating bail funds to pay bail for people who cannot afford it.

Previously, she founded and served as the executive director of The Bronx Defenders, a public defender group serving low-income New Yorkers. She is also a senior fellow at the University of California, Los Angeles Law Criminal Justice Program. She has earned multiple awards for her work and her writing has appeared in numerous law reviews, policy journals, and books.

Steinberg earned a B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley and her J.D. from New York University.

This bonus episode of TED Radio Hour was produced by Harrison Vijay Tsui and edited by Sanaz Meshkinpour.

Our production staff at NPR also includes Jeff Rogers, James Delahoussaye, Rachel Faulkner, Diba Mohtasham, Katie Monteleone, Fiona Geiran, Sylvie Douglis, and Matthew Cloutier. Our audio engineer is Daniel Shukin. Our intern is Katherine Sypher.

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