Surety Bonds Safeguard Justice in Fair Prosecution Time
January 27, 2017
This recent study in Utah compares cash and surety bonds. The study found "Defendants released on cash bail, however, were slightly more likely to be missing after six months than those released on surety bond." which means those cash bonds likely forfeited and poor families who posted the bond lost their money. The study also found "only 1.7 percent of all surety bond cases involving an FTA resulted in a forfeiture." which means families who posted the bond were protected by bondsmen from losing there money. Moreover the defendant was available to face the alleged charges.
Moreover the study talks about the use of Risk Assessment Instruments without really talking about how there is no accountability or transparency for them. The algorithm they use is proprietary and no real audit can be done. NJ implemented the use of RAI and the results say defendants accused of rape, shooting people and assaulting police are low risk and don't need to spend more then 24 hours in jail. (See: https://www.facebook.com/NJBailReform/?ref=nf ) The tool obviously is not being used for its accuracy. Instead because the opinion it provides is in line with people who have financial incentive in its use.