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Bail, also called pretrial release, is a legal means of freeing a defendant before court disposition of criminal charges. This article reports on a set of data collected in Charlotte, North Carolina about how various factors affect bail risk and which forms of bail are most effective in controlling bail risk.
The use of bail bondsmen in Durham courts is under debate. Many believe that there should be an alternative to bail bondsmen. Bondsmen argue that such alternatives would cost the taxpayers more money and reduce the court’s efficiency. They view their daily activities as a much needed service.