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BAIL MONTH - FACT #17

Monday, September 30, 2013

As Bail Month comes to an end, we would be lying if we said we weren't a little sad.  We have really enjoyed sharing our Bail Month Facts with everyone and hope that people found them both interesting and informative.  Additionally, we hope that people finally see the truth in the benefits of commercial bail and its important role in the criminal justice system.  Specifically it's effectiveness in getting people back to court at NO COST to the taxpayers.  And when defendants show up at court, justice can be served. 

At the end of the day, we would actually like to thank the Pretrial Justice Institute and the Justice Policy Institute for giving us the opportunity to shine a light on the commercial bail industry for the past 30 days.  While we know deep down that the genuine purpose of "Bail Month" by PJI and JPI was to spend 30 days bashing the bail industry because they don't like it or don't think it is fair, we still appreciate the recognition and the debate (as one sided as the facts lead it to be) and look forward to its return next year.

That being said, today's last Bail Month Fact discusses how big of a role the commercial bail industry has in the criminal justice system and how fiscally important we are to the system.  On average the commercial bail industry in any given year, guarantees over $14 billion in liability.  That means that bail agents around the country and the insurance companies that they represent are financially guaranteeing to the court over $14 billion in obligations that criminal defendants will return to court.  There is no other entity in existence that guarantees anything of that size or importance in the criminal justice system.  And the industry does so at $0 cost to the taxpayers.

Bail Month Fact #17

Posted by: Eric Granof

Read more BAIL MONTH FACTS:


Read more about bail month: Celebrating Bail Month with the Facts

Read the press release discussing the end of Bail Month: BAIL MONTH - Pretrial Services Fizzle Turns into Bail Industry Sizzle

Read a post from ExpertBail's bail bond blog: ExpertBail Bail Bond Blog

Have questions about the bail bond industry?  Learn more here: Bail Bond Process