Bail reform startup Promise raises $3 million

Promise, a Mountain View, CA-based criminal justice reform startup, raised $3m in funding.

The round was led by First Round Capital with participation from Jay-Z’s Roc Nation LLC, Y Combinator, Kapor Capital, 8VC and Adelfos.

Co-founded by social entrepreneurs Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins and Diana Frappier, Promise is advancing a technology platform that provides more humane alternative to incarceration by extending the capabilities of community supervision, improving long-term outcomes for individuals and communities. Its evidence-based program promises to offer holistic support for participants while reducing recidivism and forging safer communities.

Promise steps in during the pre-trial process to assist those that cannot afford bail. Following a comprehensive intake procedure, the company sets up an individualized plan for each participant, then monitors and supports participants to help them succeed with their plans. Each participant has the Promise app on their phone and receives an intelligent calendar of their obligations (court appearances, drug testing, substance abuse treatment, etc) and adaptive reminders to help them meet these obligations. It also provides coordinated referrals and support based on individual needs, including job training, housing, counseling, etc. Participant progress is tracked so that clients and participants can view compliance and status. Custom reports for Court or other stakeholders, as well as analytics are provided based on customer need. The app will allow case managers to handle larger caseloads while increasing quality of care and support for positive long-term outcomes.

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