Why Does Bail Even Exist?

Why Does Bail Even Exist?

For most people, bail is a bit of a mystery. They understand the basic concept, pay money to get out of jail, but that’s all they know. Some people wonder why bail even exists at all. These people often do not want criminals to get out of jail just by paying money. The problem is, these people do not typically have a good idea on how bail works.

Bail exists for two main reasons:

• To try and prevent overcrowding of jails.
• To avoid punishing someone before they have been found guilty.

 
Bail has existed for hundreds of years, and its origins can be traced back to medieval England. Back then, not every town had its own judge to determine a person’s guilt. Many towns shared judges, and so arrested individuals could spend a long time in jail before ever getting their day in court...

How Are Bail Prices Determined?

How Are Bail Prices Determined?

Many people, when they hear the price of their loved one’s bail, wonder why it is so high. How could their loved one’s bail be so expensive? It makes them wonder how the price of a person’s bail is determined.

A judge determines a person’s bail price. To start, the judge looks at something that is called a bail schedule. A bail schedule is a list that is specific to an individual county, and lists every single crime that could be committed. Alongside each crime is the base amount a person’s bail should be for that crime.

Next, the judge will look at 4 common factors:

• The person’s criminal record.
• How the crime was committed.
• The likelihood of the person fleeing if out on bail.
• The danger the person may pose to the community.

 
The judge will consider these 4 things t...