History of Bail

History of Bail

Bail in the United States originated from the practices of the British system in England and the tradition that grants the accused (charged) the ability to offer property (chattel) or monetary value to the Court or a third-party to secure temporary freedom while the accused awaits their trial. In 1966, the Bail Reform Act, was instituted and legislation clarified the many areas of bail to make it more understandable. The Act ordered the Court to set the conditions of bail, who can receive bail and how much the bail should be in relation to the crime. The Act was revised in 1984 to further dictate how the act was to be utilized by the Court, but also gave protections to the accused.