Bail Bond History

“Innocent until proven guilty” is an important concept when it comes to our justice system. However, without bail bonds that phrase wouldn’t mean much. Did you know that bail bonds actually have a very long history? Here’s a quick overview of the major points in it:

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The beginnings of the bail bond process started in 13th century England. Local Sheriffs were abusing their authority, and so the Statute of Westminster was passed to make certain offenses eligible for bail bonds. This system stayed relatively unchanged for about 200 years.


In the United States, the Bail Reform Act of 1966 is widely regarded as the biggest and best change in the bonding system to date. Citizens not charged with a capital offense could now be released on their own recognizance. Restrictions on this right were only employed if the offender was thought to have a high risk of fleeing.

The Bail Reform Act of 1984 restricted the rights of bail for people that were viewed to jeopardize the “safety of the community”.
That’s the gist of the history of bail bonds. Should you ever find yourself or a loved one in need of one, All American Bail Bond Agency can help. Just give us a call at (855) 264-2245.