Unpaid Fines and Fees Should Not Be Grounds to Deny Bail


When a person has posted bail but still owes unpaid fines or fees from existing or previous cases, such shall not serve to detain that person in jail. Fees, in particular, from previous periods of pre-conviction supervision shall not serve as grounds to detain a defendant unless the prosecutor can prove a separate case of willful contempt of court due to present ability but refusal to pay.

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4th Generation of Bail Reform

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The 4th Generation of Bail Reform Thirty four years after the federal government embarked on this grand risk-based bail experiment, an experiment which no one thought constitutional at the time, it is now time instead for a fourth generation of bail reform. One that returns the American bail system into what it is supposed to be. A bail bond which is solely based on the defendant’s appearance in which judges set appropriate bail that balances the rights of the victim of crime, the person accused of the crime, and the people who seek to prosecute the accused.5.22 MB11-21-2018 DownloadPreview