The history of bail bonds is quite interesting to say the least. How far back do you think the practice of posting bail goes? If you guessed the 20th century, the 19th century or even the 15th century, you would be wrong. That certainly means bail bonds predate the US, and guess where they got their start. Bail bonds were introduced in England, and they were introduced in the 13th century.
A Brief History Of Bail Bonds And How They Got Started
Do you know why bail bonds were introduced? One of the main reasons had everything to do with the fact that people being charged with crimes having different financial means. One source puts it that it was meant to even out the playing field so to speak. That makes sense if you think about it, but could there have been other ways to do it? You would think that level the playing field would mean that no one would be charged anything.
The Bail Bonds Argument
I could make an argument for both sides, but then again, there are always individual cases to consider. Let’s say that you have a friend that gets arrested for a small misdemeanor and is innocent. He is acquitted, but in a system of innocent until proven guilty, he was arrested and had to see someone who wrote bail bonds to get out of jail. That would make you argue for the side of not having to post bail money.
However, imagine that a person gets arrested for murder and is guilty. That would certainly make you argue for the other side. Naturally, it could be argued that murder cases call for reprimand in regards to bail bonds. But where do you draw the line when it comes to being released on your own recognizance so that you are really innocent until proven guilty?
It would be interesting to read further into the history of the system and not only the history of bail bonds. It would also be interesting to know more about how they have evolved, don’t you think? I mentioned that they got their start in England during the 13th century. Living in the US, it makes me think about how they might have been handled in the early 1800s. Did the US adopt the bail bond system right away, or did it take awhile?
The Bail Bonds Evolution
The answer to that question is that they have been around all along. That’s right, and as a matter of fact, the system is said to not have changed too much, except laws about the amounts paid in reference to specific charges, the qualifications for bail bonds co-signers, and a few other things. There is more to the changes than that of course, but you get the idea.
Bail bonds have been around much longer than most people think. How long would you really have guessed? Before I found out, I would have guessed the 1800s, but I had no idea it was such a deep rooted system and tradition. Have you ever had to post a bail bond? Hopefully you never have to, but one thing for sure is that this system is likely to stay in place for now.