Bail Project Closes Office After Released Criminal Shoots Waiter

The high-profile California bail-reform group the Bail Project closed its Las Vegas operation after being sued for helping get released a criminal who just days after being free shot a waiter in an attempted robbery.
FILE - In this Tuesday, July 7, 2015, file photo, a sign advertising a bail bonds business is displayed near Brooklyn's jail and courthouse complex in New York. A national effort is launching that aims to help low-income defendants get out of jail by bailing them out as their criminal cases progress through the courts. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)

At a glance

  • The group is backed by such A-list supports as actor Danny Glover, singer John Legend and wealthy businessman Richard Branson.
  • The nonprofit began restructuring its Las Vegas office a few weeks ago, after being sued by the waiter for helping get the shooter, Rashawn Gaston-Anderson, released from jail despite his criminal past.
  • The Bail Project posted a $3,000 bond for then-burglary suspect Gaston-Anderson in December 2021, and six days later he reportedly shot the waiter 11 times.
  • In a plea deal, the 24-year-old Gaston-Anderson was convicted of attempted robbery and mayhem, each with deadly weapon enhancements.

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