10% Deposit Bail Myth 2

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MYTH #2

Deposit bail is a legitimate means of

generating revenue for the county.

This is false, and to see why we turn again to the

courts, which have told us over and over again that

the purpose of bail is not to collect revenue.

Now, obviously, if the sole purpose of bail is to get

the defendant back to court and if making money

for the county cannot be a purpose of bail, then for

the court to engage in the practice of deposit bail to

make the county money is, actually, illegal.

For local government to turn release from pretrial

custody into a commodity for sale through the courts

is more than improper; it is downright offensive.