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NCJ Number: 243919 Find in a Library
Title: Unsecured Bonds: The As Effective and Most Efficient Pretrial Release Option
Author(s): Michael R. Jones
Corporate Author: Pretrial Justice Institute
United States of America
Date Published: October 2013
Page Count: 26
Sponsoring Agency: Bureau of Justice Assistance
Washington, DC 20531
Pretrial Justice Institute
Washington, DC 20004
Grant Number: 2012-DB-BX-K001
Sale Source: Pretrial Justice Institute
1101 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Suite 600
Washington, DC 20004
United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Document (Online)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study provides empirical evidence about the effectiveness of secured and unsecured bonds.
Abstract: This report provides data to judicial officers to support changing bail setting practices to maintain effectiveness while increasing efficiency. Findings show that for defendants who were lower, moderate, or higher risk, unsecured bonds are as effective at achieving public safety as are secured bonds; are as effective at achieving court appearance as are secured bonds; are as effective at “fugitive-re-turn” for defendants who have failed to appear as are secured bonds; free up more jail beds than do secured bonds because more defendants with unsecured bonds post their bonds; and defendants with unsecured bonds have faster release-from-jail times; and higher monetary amounts of secured bonds are associated with more pretrial jail bed use but not increased court appearance rates. Many defendants are incarcerated for the pretrial duration of their case and then released to the community upon case disposition; jurisdictions can now make data-guided changes to local pretrial case processing that would achieve their desired public safety and court appearance results while reserving more jail beds for unmanageably high risk defendants and sentenced offenders. Tables, figures, and references
Main Term(s): Bail bonds
Index Term(s): Bail reform; Bail review; Best evidence principle; BJA Grant-related Documents; Policy analysis; Research uses in policymaking
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