Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Emptying jails as fast as possible to save money is bad public policy and creating an "in-and-out" nature in a jail sends a message to criminals that accountability is not very high! Re-arrest rates and failure to appear rates are higher for defendants released on unsecured bail. The economic costs to taxpayers for failure to appear is substantial. Only private surety bail has the lowest failure to appear and fugitive rates of all methods of pretrial release.

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