Criminal Procedures

The Criminal Process

What are the purposes or reasons for bail?

Bail lessens or reduces the chances that innocent persons will be detained in jail. It also reduces hardship on the defendant and the defendant’s family members. Bail also gives a defendant the opportunity to get his or her affairs in order, hire a lawyer, and mount an effective defense. Bail also serves institutional purposes in that it can help to reduce crowding of jails.

Except for the most serious crimes, accused people who are put in jail have the option of paying bail in many cases so that they can more easily prepare their cases and get their affairs in order before the trial (iStock).

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