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What is bail?
According to Justice 101, a resource from the Offices of the United States Attorneys, bail is defined as follows:

Security given for the release of a criminal defendant or witness from legal custody (usually in the form of money) to secure his/her appearance on the day and time appointed.

See the Justice 101 Legal Terms Glossary for additional definitions.

Last Updated: May 16, 2014

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