Reassessing Bail Bonding


Six studies that are often cited in support of the for-profit bail bonding industry have methodological flaws that make them unreliable, according to a paper published by the non-profit Pretrial Justice Institute (PJI).

“The research cited by the for- profit bail bonding industry considers only one of the three components to bail – court appearance – and does not address the other two – public safety and release from custody,” researchers wrote in the paper.

Studies analyzed by PJI include four that are based on the State Court Processing Statistics Project (CPSP) of the Bureau of Justice Statistics, which has collected data on felony?case processing in 40 of the 75 largest counties in the country since 1988.

According to a BJS advisory cited in the paper, CPSP statistics are not sufficient to explain causal associations between patterns.

Read the paper HERE.

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