Elimination of Bond Schedules
Jurisdictions should eliminate bond schedules that allow a defendant to pay money to get out of jail without appearing before a judge.
The Supreme Court in the case of Stack v. Boyle upheld that bail must be based on an individualized assessment of a defendant’s strengths and weaknesses. Bond schedules are based on charge alone and cannot take into account a defendant's prior record or community ties.
Bond schedules should be replaced by validated pretrial risk assessments.
American Bar Association Standards
Rational and Transparent Bail Decision Making.pdf