Financial Assistance for Justice Involved County Residents

Transportation Assistance

Need help with transportation to or from Court in Hillsborough? The Orange County Bail Bond Justice Project is generously providing funds for justice-involved individuals with court transportation needs. The Uber funding and Orange-Chapel Hill Connector bus vouchers are being maintained by the Criminal Justice Resource Department. Requests for transportation assistance can be made by emailing or calling Ted, Cait, or Allison at the CJRD or coming to the CJRD Courthouse office.

Link to Transportation Assistance Flyer

Criminal Justice Debt Program

What is the Criminal Justice Debt Program? Orange County Residents are eligible for funding to pay court fees/costs in NC or other states, as well as NC DMV hearing and reinstatement fees required to restore a license Funding is available through contributions from the Towns of Chapel Hill and Carrboro and the Orange County Bail Bond Justice Project.

Eligibility 

  • Applicants must live within Orange County, North Carolina 
    • Costs and fees can be from other counties in North Carolina 
  • Must meet court indigency standards (low-income) 
  • Cannot be currently incarcerated 
  • Must have already pursued other avenues for debt relief (e.g., driver’s license restoration program) 
  • Must demonstrate that assistance will have an immediate impact on his or her stability or successful reentry into the community 
  • Fines, Restitution, and Vehicle Registration Costs are not eligible

 Interested in Applying? Contact: 

  • Carrboro Residents call Carrboro Program Administrator: 919-918-7397 
  • All other Orange County residents call Chapel Hill Police Crisis Unit at 919-968-2806

Link to Criminal Justice Debt Program Flyer

  1. Criminal Justice Resource Department

    Physical Address
    106 E Margaret Lane
    1st Floor, Courthouse
    Hillsborough, NC 27278

    Phone: 919-245-2303
    Fax: 919-640-1729


  2. Ted Dorsi

    Pretrial Services Director
    Phone: 919-245.2970; Pretrial Services Report Line: 919-752-4552

  3. Caitlin Fenhagen

    Criminal Justice Resource Director
    Phone: 919-245-2303; cell 919-423-4272

  4. Allison Zirkel, LCSW, LCAS

    Clinical Coordinator
    Phone: 919-245-2304; Cell: 919-748-2196