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Title: Pretrial Release in Illinois, March, 1980
Corporate Author: League of Women Voters of Illinois
United States of America
Date Published: 1980
Page Count: 13
Sponsoring Agency: League of Women Voters of Illinois
Chicago, IL 60603
National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
Publication Number: I-16
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America

League of Women Voters of Illinois
67 East Madison Street
Chicago, IL 60603
United States of America
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article comments on bail bond procedure and the release on recognizance (ROR) programs in Illinois, provides statistics on pretrial release in the State, and discusses bail projects in several jurisdictions throughout the country.
Abstract: Illinois became one of the first States to adopt model bail legislation. This virtually eliminated professional bondsmen, since it permitted a person admitted to bail to deposit 10 percent of the face amount of the bond with the clerk of the court. The deposit was returned when the person appeared for trial. ROR accepts the defendant's promise to appear for trial in lieu of a cash bond. Its purpose is to enable defendants to remain in the community while awaiting trial. Because no circuit maintains bail statistics except Cook County, it is difficult to determine the extent of ROR use. The bail statistics presented illustrate the disparity between circuits in the use of both cash bonds and ROR. Pretrial release programs in Illinois and other States illustrate the diverse ways programs can be organized to provide necessary information for pretrial release. These projects were able to provide adequate information to judges concerning the indigency or reliability of the accused so that ROR bonds could be used more frequently. Tables are included. No references are cited.
Index Term(s): Bail bonds; Bail payment methods; Bail reform; Bail review; Illinois; Pretrial programs; Pretrial release; Release on recognizance
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