In response to the growing controversy over detaining arrestees simply because they do not have the money to post bail, NYC has acted to eliminate bail for some low level offenders. For more details, see Rick Rojas, New York City Introduces Bail Reform Plan for Low-Level Offenders, New York Times (Jul 8, 2015).
New York, like most of the United States, continues to permit the use of bail bonds-persons to post collateral for the release of criminal defendants. The rest of the world either prohibits this practice or takes an extremely dim view of it. See, Adam Liptak, Illegal Globally, Bail for Profit Remains in U.S., New York Times (Jan. 29, 2008).
- John Eligon, For Poor, Bail System Can Be an Obstacle to Freedom, New York Times (Jan. 9, 2011).
- John Eligon, Bailing Out the Stars, New York Times (Sept. 24, 2010).
*Opinions expressed in this post are those of the author and do not reflect the position of the Pace Criminal Justice Institute or its Board of Advisors.