Jan 28, 2010

"Bail or Jail, Fine or Time"

The bail system is a mystery to most Americans. A recent series on National Public Radio discusses the bail system. Bail is used to ensure that an accused person returns to court for their trial. According to the report, most persons released on their on recognizance return for their trial; Two-thirds of inmates are non-violent and would benefit from pre-trial release programs. However these programs are often under-resourced, in part due to the effective lobbying efforts of the bail bonds industry. Many inmates who can’t make bail stay in jail. They suffer a range of collateral consequences as a result of their jail stay, which can last for over a month as they wait to have their day in court.

To hear the report click here.

For more about pre-trial services visit the National Association of Pre-Trial Services website.