Our Story

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 similar to that of the Bronx Freedom Fund (now a national group called The Bail Project).

A few months later we learned that The Bail Project (TBP) was expanding its operations to Cleveland. Instead of trying to reinvent the wheel, we pivoted. In collaboration with Anthony Body and TBP, we began exploring the idea of a Waze-inspired mobile app to help defendants navigate the complex legal system.

We have since created a product that acts as 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) to the user in plain language, empowering them to advocate for themselves and proactively plan for the future and access social services if necessary. The user is 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.

 
  • Scope-a-Thon

    Oct, 2018

    Organized by Hack Cleveland. Where the team met, won first prize, and unBail was born

  • The Bail Project

    Jan, 2019

    Pivoted the product after discovering an opportunity to scale with the Bail Project

  • The Lab

    Jun, 2020

    Gained valuable insights and contacts through The Lab @ Cuyahoga County accelerator

  • JumpStart

    Jun, 2020

    Completed the market validation track at JumpStart to solidify our value prop and market position

  • gBeta Accelerator

    Jul, 2020

    Participated in Gener8tor's gBeta Social Impact Accelerator.

 

Our Mission

Reform through aggregated user experiences

We are 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) to the user in plain language, empowering them to advocate for themselves and proactively plan for the future.

 

Through aggregated feedback & user stories, we hope to pinpoint & address systemic inequities that were once invisible.

inform. reform. repeat

The Team
 

Anthony Body

Co-founder, Product Strategy Lead

Paul Gehrig

Co-founder, Product Development Lead

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Cait Kennedy

Co-founder, Executive Director

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Mary Waters

Co-founder, Research & Content Development

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Joyce Huang

Co-founder, Steering Committee Co-Director

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James Huang

Co-founder, Steering Committee Co-Director

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Rachel Krantz

Co-founder

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