Woke elitists and celebrities love spending money on ‘feel good’ projects that make them look engaged in society. Unfortunately, they often care more about the appearance of helping rather than actually benefiting society.
Such is the case with California non-profit The Bail Project, backed by virtue signaling celebrities like John Legend, Danny Glover, and Richard Branson.
According to their website, “The Bail Project combats mass incarceration by disrupting the money bail system—one person at a time. We restore the presumption of innocence, reunite families, and challenge a system that criminalizes race and poverty. We’re on a mission to end cash bail and create a more just, equitable, and humane pretrial system.”
Nothing says ‘protecting society’ like ending cash bail for all.
According to The New York Post, The Bail Project has been shut down “After being sued for releasing a serial criminal who less than a week later tried to murder a waiter in Las Vegas.”
The Bail Project posted a $3,000 bond for burglary suspect Rashawn Gaston-Anderson in December 2021 despite Gaston-Anderson’s criminal history.
Six days after The Bail Project helped Gaston-Anderson get released on bond, he shot waiter Chengyan Wang 11 times in Chinatown.
Wang has filed a lawsuit against The Bail Project.
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Prosecutors detailed a timeline of court records. In November of 2021, Anderson was arrested for pandering and carrying a concealed weapon. He was released without having to pay bail and was ordered to stay out of trouble. The next day, he was arrested again for burglary and theft. The Bail Project later posted the $3000 bond.
Six days after that, Anderson opened fire on Wang.
Manny and Lilia Ceballos who run Aztec Bail Bonds question The Bail Project’s tactics. “I don’t think they care and truly don’t care because some man nearly lost his life,” Lilia Ceballos said. She and her husband said they adhere to guidelines.
“We pick and choose who we want to do business with. We just don’t bail out habitual problem cases,” Manny Ceballos said.
Anderson said he needed a co-signer and his public defender referred him to The Bail Project. “I probably wouldn’t have been able to co-sign for myself because I’m not from out here,” he said in an interview from the Clark County Detention Center.
After the 8 News Now Investigators reached out to The Bail Project again in December, Deputy General Counsel Katie Poor did an interview. “We provide free bail assistance and what we call community release with support which includes rides to and from court, court notifications and we attempt to navigate services in the community based on our clients’ self-identified needs.”
Anderson claimed he had been previously diagnosed with schizophrenia and that The Bail Project did not offer mental health services. When asked about this and other aspects of Anderson’s case, Poor said she could not discuss it due to the pending litigation.
Gaston-Anderson has been sentenced to 7-18 years in prison.