Criminology & Criminal Justice

Dr. Stephen Clipper Explores the Link Between Bond Forfeiture and Pretrial Release Mechanism in Dallas Co., TX

Stephen Clipper, along with Robert G. Morris and Amanda Russell-Kaplan, evaluated the efficacy of four pretrial jail release mechanisms, attorney bonds, cash bonds, commercial bail bonds, and release via pretrial services agency. They conducted their research with data culled from state justice records comprising all defendants booked into the Dallas County, Texas, jail during 2008. Their results, which appear in PLOS one, suggest that defendants released via commercial bail bonds were the least likely to fail to appear.

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