Wednesday, August 5, 2009

The tenates of bail are mentioned in both the Bill of Rights and the U.S. Constitution as an integral part of the criminal justice system. Without the private bail industry, jails would become even more overcrowded, jail costs would rise and many lives would be disrupted.

There are many benefits to using the private bail industry as a mechanism to be released from jail:
  • Bail is affordable for most defendants and has convenient payment options
  • The bail process is quick usually taking only approximately 30 minutes
  • The service is confidential and convenient; bail agents are available 24/7
  • Bail agents have greater control and supervision of defendants than other release options
  • Bail agents can enforce many conditions of release as part of the bond contract
  • Bail agents take collateral and/or use co-signers on a bail bond as an added layer of accountability
  • Bail agents return defendants back to jail using their own resources and at their own expense, saving valuable time in law enforcement costs
  • Bail agents help educate defendants on the criminal justice system and their responsibilities

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