Being arrested and sent to jail can be overwhelming, especially for the uninitiated. Learning about the process—and the ways arrestees get out of jail—can help.
Impact of Coronavirus Outbreak on Jails
Approximately 10.5 million people cycle through local jails every year—raising concerns about the spread of Coronavirus and how to best protect inmates, staff, and communities. How is the jail system responding?
What Happens During Booking?
Defendants who are taken to jail are normally booked shortly upon arrival.
Bail: Getting Out of Jail After an Arrest
Bail is cash, a bond, or property that an arrested person gives to a court to ensure that he or she will appear in court when ordered to do so.
Bail Jumping—or Failing to Appear After Bailing Out
Forfeiting bail isn't necessarily all an absent defendant will have to deal with. Learn the consequences of failing to show up at court after bailing out.
What Happens at a Bail Hearing?
Learn about bail schedules and how attorneys argue about bail amounts.
What Is a Bail Algorithm? How Are Bail Algorithms Used?
Some U.S. jurisdictions are using advanced formulas to evaluate the risks that defendants pose. Judges weigh these evaluations when considering pretrial release.