Bail bonds as a way of jail release are working. What do we mean by that? We mean that by releasing a defendant from jail, with payment, we are giving the defendant some of his or her life back. They can go to work, hang with friends and family, live comfortably as possible at home. They need to show up for court and make bail bond payments, which can come from themselves or friends or family on their behalf. The defendants are well aware of the risks and consequences they face if they disobey these bail conditions. Because of that, they are more likely to obey those terms, less likely to go against them and cause more trouble.
By getting arrested, the defendant has experienced first hand everything they can lose in a heartbeat. They’ve gone to jail. They have felt the heartbreak in friends and family. They are going to do their absolute best to turn their life around and prove to their loved ones that they regret their actions that caused them to get arrested in the first place. They want to prove they are still a good person capable of change for the better.