The Law of Commercial Surety and Miscellaneous Bail Bonds Nationwide, an ever-growing number of insurance companies act as sureties on commercial bail appearance bonds in federal, state and municipal courts. Bail is the means through which our criminal justice system permits the release of an accused from custody pending trial,Read More →

DIFFERENCES IN FAILURE TO APPEAR (FTA), RECIDIVISM/PRETRIAL MISCONDUCT, AND ASSOCIATED COSTS OF FTA This study was completed on behalf of the Dallas County (Texas) Criminal Justice Advisory Board (CJAB). EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Relative to other elements of the criminal justice system, pretrial release and the mechanisms by which it operates, hasRead More →

Pretrial Release of Felony Defendants in State Courts Between 1990 and 2004, 62% of felony defendants in State courts in the 75 largest counties were released prior to the disposition of their case. Beginning in 1998, financial pretrial releases, requiring the posting of bail, were more prevalent than non-financial releases.Read More →

Harvard University, Journal on Legislation: Extraordinary Conditions of Release Under the Bail Reform Act JONATHAN ZWEIG Bernard Madoff and Marc Dreier, two prominent white-collar criminal defendants, were recently released on bail pending trial in the Southern District of New York. Each remained free on bail for several months before eventuallyRead More →

American Bail Coalition Announces Executive Director, Policy Director Appointments Annapolis, Md. (June 19, 2015) – The American Bail Coalition (ABC), a national organization dedicated to public safety through public-private partnerships, today announced the appointment of Michael F. Canning as executive director and Jeffrey J. Clayton as policy director. Canning willRead More →