The report is divided into five sections, the first providing an overview of the two-tiered bail system and the stakeholders in the commercial bail industry. The second section explores the harmful practices that have plagued the industry, and the third section highlights how state legislation has expanded the use of commercial bail bonds. The fourth section discusses how the current regulatory framework fails to provide adequate oversight and accountability, and the fifth section makes recommendations for reform at the state level.
Bail amounts vary by jurisdiction.
The amount of bail varies greatly depending on the charge and jurisdiction. Typically, the higher the crime, the higher the bail amount. When setting bail, various factors include the defendant’s past criminal record, employment status, and family ties. A judge can also deny bail if they believe a suspect is likely to skip bail.
Bail amounts are set by a judge at the first court appearance, either during the arraignment or bail hearing. Judges generally follow standard practice when setting bail but may raise it or lower it in specific circumstances. If the defendant is unrepresented, they may post the bail amount themselves or get the bail amount posted by a friend or family … Read More