What is bail?
  • Bail, guaranteed by the Eighth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, ensures the Court that a criminal defendant will appear for trial.
  • Secured bail is a centuries-old practice. As early as the year 400, defendants in Anglo-Saxon courts in England had to find a friend or family member — called a “surety”– who would agree to pay a settlement if they failed to appear in court. VICTIM FOCUSED- JUSTICE CENTERED.
  • Bail has its roots in Anglo-Saxon and later medieval England, from which our own justice system is derived. To avoid the need for incarcerating all the accused, our forebears created a system that gave the accused an incentive to be available to face justice.

Bail Matters

Bail is the vehicle provided for the accused to obtain true liberty. Bail & Fugitive Recovery Agents provide a time honored accountability to court systems everywhere. By including the “circle of love” (family) in the release of an accused, bail agents provide a much needed service in accountability.

 

Bail will come to a Vote

Today, anyone in the American court system who’s been charged with a crime is entitled to a bail hearing shortly after their arrest. At this point, all accused are supposed to be presumed innocent until proven guilty. At this pre-trial hearing, judges or magistrates, decide whether or not to keep the defendant in jail before their trial. The judge may keep the accused detained if he’s deemed dangerous to the public, or if there’s a good reason to think he won’t show up for court.  More often, the judge will give the accused the option of posting bail to procure his swift liberty.