Charities Posting Bail

Wednesday, August 01, 2012

Robin G. Steinberg, executive director of The Bronx Defenders, discusses the Bronx Freedom Fund, a program that helps Bronx residents pay bail and avoid time in jail when they can't afford it, and the new New York State law that allows charities to do this.


Robin Steinberg

Comments [11]

DTorres from Manhattan

Any attorney, working for Bronx Defenders, knows that usually judges
do not impose bail, on charges for criminal trespass, fare beaters, possession of a marijuana, graffiti, petit larceny, on first time offenders.
First time offenders, facing such charges, are usually ROR - released on their own recognizance, sometimes, but not always with community service
thrown in.
Most of the time the charges against, first time offenders, for those crimes
are ACD - Arraigned in contemplation of dismissal.

Repeat offenders of the above described charges, and those that do not
complete their community service, will most likely get bail, or have to
complete the jail time of their sentence.

5 days Community Service or 10 days jail.
Those that do not do their CS may do the jail time.

She makes it sound, like these are completely innocent people, never
under arrest before and are being bailed out for this reason.
That is not usually the case.

Most Judges do not make
a whole lot of cash,
compared to what some
private lawyers can pull in.
They went a long time without a raise.
They do know, that poor people have
a hard time coming up with the funds,
to make bail.

Sometimes judges will ask,
how much bail can the person
make and try to accommodate them.

Aug. 01 2012 06:51 PM
naive from nyc

Sorry if this is a dumb question, but if you post bail, do you ever get it back? One caller mentioned waiting 'weeks & weeks & weeks', but what is the presumed system and what is the actual system?

Aug. 01 2012 01:52 PM
Maura from New York, NY

Check out The New York World's profile of CJA, a pioneering agency that helps keep people out of jail before trial: You can even take a version of the test to see if you would be considered high risk for release on your own recognizance.

Aug. 01 2012 11:51 AM
john from office

Another segment where the system is on trial. And of course all the non payers are innocents, oppressed by the system.

What will happen is that the families will allow these organizations to pay the bail and not try to raise it themselves. I have gone to many hearings where the family vanishes as soon as bail ro money is discussed.

Here we go with the communities of color segment. Where does Robin live??

Aug. 01 2012 11:44 AM
Let's get real

New York judges actually don't make much, you get what you pay for; they can't hack it as lawyers.

Aug. 01 2012 11:43 AM
Fred from LES

Just another case of a system that let's the RICH rise to the top.

Aug. 01 2012 11:42 AM
Sheldon from Brooklyn

Happens all the time. If you are poor and you get arrested (even for a non-violent misdemeanor,) good luck.

Aug. 01 2012 11:41 AM
Sarah from UES

$1000 not a lot???????!?!?!?

Brian please don't let me think your audience is that detached from the middle class. Are you aware of the state of the economy? Cost of living and minimum wage?

You've got to be kidding. I'm more interested in how much money it is costing tax-payers to HOLD these people!

Aug. 01 2012 11:40 AM
Carly from Manhattan

There is also a major issue with those charged in minor crimes needing representation by public defenders being pushed to take plea deals rather than pursue Adjournment Contemplating Dismissal (much more favorable result) which is almost guaranteed with simply returning for a second court appearance. Public defender time should be used wisely, but not at the expense of those they represent.

Aug. 01 2012 11:38 AM

(that word should read "curious")

Aug. 01 2012 11:34 AM

Good idea.


Sourious to hear the perspective of a jaded expert, who knows the angles, on this topic, like a bail bondsman. Or career criminal.

Aug. 01 2012 11:33 AM

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