A Brief History of Bail

A Brief History of Bail

Bail as we know it today has evolved from long history of development and change. The first instance of bail can be traced back three centuries to the Middle Ages in England. It was first implemented in 1677 through the Habeas Corpus Act. It was the first instance which allowed magistrates to set bail for crimes. The 1689 English bill of rights was the first piece of legislation to establish the well-known "no excessive" bail limitation. Of course this sounds familiar as it was incorporated into Bill of Rights of the United States Constitution as the eighth amendment. This is the standard that is used today.

Though we have the eighth amendment, and it prevents "excessive bail", what is the point of this legislation? Well, from 1789 until 1966 it was mostly undefined as to what "excessive bail" was considered. That is why the United States Congress passed the Bail Reform Act in 1966. This act designated that bail should be an amount that puts the smallest financial burden possible upon the defendants. In this way, "excessive bail" was defined and put into more concrete terms. This allowed judges to make fair and informed decisions when deciding the bail amount for defendants. This act was put in place as a way to help the poorer defendants afford their bail, without severe consequence to their finances.

As interesting as this all is, it is not exactly what is considered useful. That is why if you need help with bail, take the easy step and contact Dennis Blackwell Bail Bonds. We have been dealing in Colorado Springs bail bonds for years, and have a certified team who is ready to take on your case. Our commitment to serving Colorado Springs is reflected in our dedicated staff, as well as our 24/7 schedule to fill any schedule!

Additional information about the history of bail gathered from an article by Jacob Silverman.