Courts & Judiciary
A Brief History of Bail
Knowing the history of bail in England and America is crucial to navigating a path through our current generation of bail reform. Specifically, the history answers important questions about what triggers bail reform, what elements must be addressed, and how to avoid the need for bail reform in the future. The history is a “fundamental” of bail, and knowledge of bail’s history is of equal importance to knowledge of other fundamentals, such as the law and the pretrial research.