How the U.S Bail System Started

Anybody arrested in the United States can regain their freedom temporarily through the bail bond system pending the hearing and determination of their case. An accused person is always deemed innocent until proven guilty and while awaiting trial, they can spend their time with family and friends once they post an appeal bond.

History of the U.S bail system

The current US bail system originated from England in the middle ages. In 1677 the English parliament passed the Habeas Corpus Act that established the terms of bail to be used by judges and magistrates. In 1989 England also came up with a bill of rights that incorporated the rights of an accused person. The English bill of rights greatly inspired and influenced the United States constitution and the eighth amendments.

US bail bond system

The judiciary act of 1789

Us bail law is firmly established in legislation. The judiciary act of 1989 established that an accused person can get bail provided their alleged crime does not carry a death sentence. However, a judge may decide to still give bail for a serious crime depending on many factors.

The bail reform act of 1966

The U.S congress made changes on the U.S bail law in 1966 thorough the 1966 U.S congress bail reform act. This bail reform act enabled the accused person to be released after posting a reduced amount of bail that doesn’t burden them financially. 

The bail reform act of 1984

The bail reform act of 1984 replaced the 1966 bail reform act. This act enabled the U.S authorities to hold a suspect until trial if they are deemed to pose any threat to the general public. The law also established specific categories of people who should be denied bail bonds due to the severity of the crimes they are accused of committing.

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