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Title: BAIL SYSTEM IN CHARLOTTE, 1971-73
Author(s): S H CLARKE
Corporate Author: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Government
United States of America
Date Published: 1974
Page Count: 74
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Government
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-5381
Grant Number: 73-NI-04-0002
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: THIS REPORT PRESENTS THE RESULTS OF A STUDY ON THE OPPRORTUNITY FOR BAIL, FAILURE OF BAILED DEFENDANTS TO APPEAR, AND REARREST ON NEW CHARGES WHILE ON BAIL IN CHARLOTTE AND MECKLENBURG COUNTY FROM 1971 TO 1973.
Abstract: THE STUDY EXAMINED THESE CHARACTERISTICS IN RELATION TO CHARACTERISTICS OF DEFENDANTS, COURT DELAY, AND SPECIFIC FORMS OF BAIL, ESPECIALLY RELEASE SECURED BY PROFESSIONAL BONDSMEN AND RELEASE RECOMMENDED BY THE MECKLENBURG COUNTY PRETRIAL RELEASE PROGRAM (PTR). SAMPLES OF ABOUT ONE-THIRD OF ALL CRIMINAL DEFENDANTS ARRESTED IN CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA (EXCLUDING THOSE ARRESTED FOR DRUNKENNESS, TRAFFIC, AND FISH AND GAME OFFENSES) DURING THE FIRST QUARTERS OF 1971, 1972, AND 1973, WERE TRACED THROUGH LOCAL POLICE AND COURT RECORDS. IT WAS FOUND THAT BAIL OPPORTUNITY GENERALLY IMPROVED DURING THE STUDY PERIOD, MINIMAL CHANGE OCCURRED IN THE PERCENTAGE OF DEFENDANTS WHO FAILED TO APPEAR, AND THE NUMBER OF DEFENDANTS REARRESTED ON NEW CHARGES WHILE ON BAIL ROSE SIGNIFICANTLY. SOME FACTORS INFLUENCING THESE CONDITIONS WERE INCREASED COURT DELAY AND A TURNOVER IN PROFESSIONAL BONDSMEN. SUGGESTIONS FOR EXPANDING AND IMPROVING THE PTR PROGRAM ARE SET FORTH. (AUTHOR ABSTRACT MODIFIED)...EB
Index Term(s): Bail bonds; Bail/Financial Release; Comparative analysis; North Carolina; Pretrial release; Studies
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