In this YouTube video, The Infographics Show talks about how bail bonds work. Posting bail or getting out of jail on bail doesn’t release the accused from facing court for crimes on which they are being charged. It means they can go home instead of sitting in jail while waiting for their court date to start.
Bail is a type of collateral that the court feels is valuable enough to secure the accused’s presence at their next court date in exchange for allowing the person to go home. While out on bail, the person must abide by all the terms and agreements of the bail release, including agreeing not to be arrested further, stay out of specific neighborhoods, or stay away from certain people.
A bail bondsman helps the accused by working with their friends or family to secure the funding for large amounts of bail requested by the court. The accused agrees to pay the bail bondsman a fee for this service. Sometimes, bail is refunded if the accused shows up for their trial and all their court dates. Bail bondsmen help people not have their lives upended by being in jail for weeks or months only to be proven innocent.