Insha Rahman

Insha leads Vera’s work on bail reform and pretrial justice in New York City, with a focus on reducing the number of people held in pretrial detention at Rikers Island and other City correctional facilities solely because they are unable to afford bail. She has led research on the use of bail in New York City criminal court arraignments, and taught CLEs to defense attorneys on how to request alternative forms of bail such as unsecured and partially secured bonds. She collaborates on bail policy and technical assistance with New York City criminal justice stakeholders ranging from public defenders to government partners from the Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice and the Office of Court Administration. Insha comes to Vera after five years as a public defender at The Bronx Defenders. She has extensive experience in the New York City criminal justice field, having worked prior to law school as an associate planner at the Center for Alternative Sentencing and Employment Services, a Vera spin-off, and at Vera as an analyst in the Center for Immigration and Justice. During law school, Insha interned at the Legal Aid Society, the Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem, and New York Lawyers for the Public Interest. She holds a J.D. from CUNY School of Law and a B.A. in Africana Studies from Vassar College.