Bail Month 2014 - Bail Fact #3Thursday, September 4, 2014
In today's tough economic environment, states and counties all over the country are struggling with resources and budgets. Balancing public safety and criminal justice accountability in the face of these challenges can be extremely difficult. That being the case, doesn't it makes sense for our community leaders to identify and utilize the most cost effective solutions available in the marketplace. The most common pretrial options include public sector pretrial programs funded by taxdollars or private sector commercial bail. While public sector programs can play a key role in helping those that are indigent and have special needs, they are easily distorted and expanded beyond their intent. And these public sector programs have the potential to come with a very large price tag. Nationally this price tag tops $100,000,000.
On the other side of the equation is the private sector commercial bail indsutry. With decades of research proving its effectiveness as the most successful form of pretrial release, commercial bail costs the states and counties $0. In fact, commercial bail actually generates revenue for states and counties through taxes, court fees and bail forfeiture payments.
When it comes to our criminal justice system and ensuring that defendants show up for court, the private sector commercial bail industry is that solution. Doesn't it make sense that our decision makers support and advance the use of commercial bail in their local criminal justice systems.
Today's Bail Fact comes from a 2012 report produced by the American Bail Coalition entitled The War on Public Safety. If you would like to receive a copy of the study, visit our bail bond resource library to request one.
Posted by: Eric Granof
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