Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Proponents of Private Surety Bail

From the BJS Special Report: Pretrial Release of Felony Defendants in State Courts

Private Surety Bail . . .
  • Reduces jail population by providing a means for defendants to obtain release
  • Provides pretrial release and monitoring services at no cost to the taxpayer
  • Creats an incentive that results in the majority of defendants being returned to court because the bail agent is liable for defendants who fail to appear
  • Provides the opportunity for many defendants to secure their freedom while awaiting disposition of their case

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