Jane-Roberte Sampeur is a Staff Attorney and coordinator of the Women’s Pretrial Release Project which is housed in the Decarceration Project. The Project’s primary focus is securing the release of women who are currently detained pretrial in New York City. Jane engages in bail advocacy for cis and trans women who have been detained on bail they cannot afford. She works closely with trial attorneys and social workers to identify women who are suitable candidates for intervention, and then advocates for those women to be released pretrial to community based supportive services.
Jane began her career at the Legal Aid Society in 2009 as a Staff Attorney in the Parole Revocation Defense Unit representing individuals charged with parole violations. In 2012, she transferred to the Criminal Defense Practice Brooklyn office where she represented indigent New Yorkers charged with misdemeanors and felonies.
Jane is active in the Association of Legal Aid Attorneys union and has held leadership positions in the Attorneys of Color Caucus. Her legal internships included work with the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and Inmates Legal Assistance Program. In law school Jane also worked as a law clerk for the City of Hartford Office of Corporation Counsel. Jane graduated from the University of Connecticut Law School in 2009.