Greg Beato on Bailing Out the Bail System

befdBailBonds credit Thomas Hawk Foter CC BY NC Greg Beato on Bailing Out the Bail System

Every day in America, the personal liberty
of thousands rests upon a technology originally created in the
Middle Ages. No, not semi-automatic sporting rifles, those came
later. Bail. As early as the 11th century, Anglo-Saxon courts began
letting persons accused of a crime avoid pre-trial detention in
return for putting up some security—typically money or
property—meant to guarantee their attendance when the court date
finally arrives. More than 1,000 years later, the practice
persists. Greg Beato argues that it’s time to rethink how we deal
with defendants awaiting trial. View this article.

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Greg Beato on Bailing Out the Bail System


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