The History of Bail Bonds in America

If someone you know has been arrested, they have a right to go through the bail process. Many people know that you can call a bondsman to arrange for bail for most offenses; what most people don’t realize is that bail is a fundamental right protected in the United States Constitution, with roots that trace back to 17th century England.

The Sixth Amendment gives people who are arrested the right to a speedy trial, while the Eighth Amendment specifically states that the courts cannot impose “excessive bail” restrictions on those who have been arrested. This was clarified by the Judiciary Act of 1789, which stated that all non-capital (i.e. non death penalty) offenses were bailable, and that judges could use discretion when deciding on the possibility of bail in capital cases.

Even with these laws in place, it wasn’t always easy to go to a bail bond agency and get someone out of jail quickly. Until the 1960s, it was common practice for people who had been arrested to wait weeks or even months before being allowed the opportunity to make bail. This changed with the Bail Reform Act of 1966, which corrected flaws that kept people in jail for a needless amount of time. The Bail Reform Act of 1984 further made it easier and more affordable to make bail.

If you need Van Nuys bail bonds for a friend or family member in trouble, you have the right to get bail in a quick manner. At Escape Bail Bonds, we also think you have the right to expect to be treated with fairness and respect, which is why we treat all of our customers with the utmost compassion and understanding.