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Bail Bondsmen and Criminal Courts

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Date Published
January 1983
16 pages
Despite frequent criticisms of their activities, bail bondsmen continue to play an important role in the pretrial processing of defendants in most jurisdictions.
Bondsmen facilitate the operations of criminal courts, which in turn insure the continued profitability of bondsmen's activities. The durability of bondsmen is analyzed in this article within the context of their symbiotic relationship with criminal courts. An analysis of the factors affecting bondsmen's decisions demonstrates the importance of courts' actions for bondsmen's profitability and suggests that certain 'reform' measures may have unanticipated adverse consequences. (Publisher abstract)

Date Published: January 1, 1983