JOTF in the Media

We are making headlines and telling stories that matter.

JOTF focuses on providing potential solutions and engaging community members, providers, and employers in productive dialogue to address necessary systemic changes. We are often cited for our expertise and research. Here you will find articles, media and other highlights of our work.

Mar 19, 2021

JOTF’s CEO Caryn York sits down with WYPR’s Sheilah Kast.

WYPR, a Maryland affiliate of NPR.

Our CEO Caryn York was featured on WYPR, a Maryland affiliate of NPR.  She was a guest on the popular morning show, On the Record with Sheilah Kast.  Listen to her compelling and wide-ranging conversation in which she discusses the growth and evolution of JOTF's Community Bail Fund for Baltimore City.  Join our movement and visit to contribute.

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DYK: A recent Bloomberg report revealed that 60% of those incarcerated have not been convicted of a crime; they are jailed only b/c they cannot afford bail.  This discriminatory system unduly keeps low-income populations, especially Black and Brown communities, in the tentacular grip of poverty. See report:

JOTF’s Bail Fund seeks to dismantle this systemic criminalization of poverty and race by securing the release for low income residents incarcerated due to an unaffordable cash bail or costly home detention fees. But it doesn’t stop there.   We provide intensive, personalized case management to help the individuals we bail out find the right services - from support to address housing and food insecurity to setting them on the path to realizing their educational and career dreams.

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Feb 23, 2021

JOTF’s CEO Caryn York was named a “Game Changer,” by Baltimore Magazine!

Baltimore Magazine
JOTF’s CEO Caryn York was named a “Game Changer,” by Baltimore Magazine! Thank you Corey McLaughlin for a holistic look at JOTF’s mission, policy work, programming and the communities that we serve.  As we reflect on JOTF’s 25th anniversary, we are humbled and grateful for the spotlight from our friends @baltimoremag. Read the profile at Here are two highlights: “Individuals are sitting in jail, for non-violent offenses, more often than not, simply because they’re poor, because they don’t have $100.” - Caryn York on JOTF’s Community Bail Fund, learn more about the Fund at

“There’s no way in the world you can do the work of economic justice in Baltimore City and not recognize the very incestuous intersection between race, criminality, and poverty here.”  Read our 2018 groundbreaking report, The Criminalization of Poverty: How to Break the Cycle Through Policy Reform in Maryland at

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Feb 18, 2021

Check out CEO Caryn York’s recent Opinion Piece in the Daily Record

The Daily Record  
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Mar 8, 2019

The shine theory: How the growing voice of women in Annapolis are looking to uplift others

The Daily Record
A look at the growing voice of women in Annapolis will be the opening panel at The Daily Record’s third annual Women’s Leadership Summit on March 20 from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Coppin State University. The summit brings together Top 100 Women, Leading Women and the state’s network of women professionals to learn about important topics facing women, discuss community involvement and create mentoring relationships. “It’s going to be inspiring,” said Michelle Siri, executive director of The Women’s Law Center of Maryland. “You are going to get to meet really interesting women that are doing great things. It is a chance to network and it is a chance to learn and hear things from a perspective that you might not already be considering things in. … Right now (in the General Assembly), there are just so many exciting things happening.” Siri will be moderating the panel featuring Martin, Jo Saint-Charles, political action chair of the NAACP Maryland State Conference, Del. Ariana Kelly, D-Montgomery and Caryn York, Job Opportunities Task Force (JOTF) Executive Director discussing women’s growing voices and a wide variety of topics, including workplace harassment, uplifting the voices for women of color and economic security.
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Apr 3, 2018

Guest Opinion: Comprehensive crime bill will take us back decades

Maryland Reporter
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Feb 22, 2018

Project JumpStart Saving Baltimore Lives By Teaching Trades

WJZ Baltimore
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